July 27: ADL Summer Comedy Soiree

What to in Los Angeles the week of July 21-27


FRI | JULY 21

SHABBAT PICNIC

Come enjoy Shabbat with Adat Chaverim, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. Bring a picnic dinner; drinks and desserts will be supplied. Shabbat service led by Cantor Jonathan Friedmann. 6 p.m. Free. Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (888) 552-4552. humanisticjudaismla.org.

MEXICAN SHABBAT

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA) for a vibrant and intimate Shabbat dinner hosted by Susan Schmidt, author of the Mexican-Jewish food blog Challa-peño. She and her family welcome you into their home for food, drink and a conversation about their Mexican-Jewish heritage and culture. Although the event is sold out, there is a waiting list. 7 p.m. $20. Private home in Brentwood; address provided upon RSVP. yala.org/mexicanshabbat.

TORAH FLORA SHABBATON

Biblical and talmudic botanist Jon Greenberg will speak at a series of Shabbat meals about the meaning of the foods and beverages served. Friday’s 7:45 p.m. dinner topic will be “Milk & Honey: Blessing or Curse? Theology, Resilience and the Colors of Wine.” This two-day event continues at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, when the topics of discussion include “Noah’s Wine vs. Pharaoh’s Beer: The Barroom Brawl and Culture War That Shaped Jewish History” and, at 7:15 p.m., “Olives & Social Security: Edible Lilies, Egyptian God, Israelite Gourmet Export and Dutch Colonial Business Efficiency.” $38 per meal; $32 for members; discounts for children. Westwood Kehilla, 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 441-5288. kehilla.org/torah-flora.

SAT | JULY 22

COUPLES SHABBAT PICNIC

Sinai Temple’s Atid group of 20- and 30-somethings presents a picnic in the park. Whether you’re married, engaged or it’s your first date, you are welcome at this afternoon picnic to celebrate Shabbat. Everyone should bring lunches for themselves (please prepare dairy/vegetarian meals). Atid events are for young Jewish professionals, ages 21-39. Noon. Free. Please RSVP at eventbrite.com. Holmby Park, 601 Club View Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. atidla.com.

SUN | JULY 23

“UNWARRANTED LOVE: REDEMPTION FROM INNER AND OUTER EXILE”

Join Young Jewish Souls and renowned lecturer Rabbi Brandon Gaines, who will speak on the topic of observing the nine days leading to Tisha b’Av through ahavat chinam (loving others freely without judgment). There will be an open bar and dinner with shawarma, falafel and a salad bar to follow. 7 p.m. $15; $20 at the door. Ages 21-39 only. Must RSVP at eventbrite.com. Nessah Educational & Cultural Center, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.

“YITZHAK RABIN: CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION”

In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai blends the words of Rabin’s widow, Leah, with live music and projections to create a theatrical counterpoint to his 2015 film, “Rabin, the Last Day.” Actors Einat Weizman and Sarah Adler will read from Leah’s memoirs. 8:30 p.m. Part of the Ignite @ the Ford! series. Tickets start at $30. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.

WED | JULY 26

TISHA B’AV

Tisha b’Av, which begins this year on the evening of July 31, is one of the lesser-known days of the Jewish calendar. Rabbinical student Davina Bookbinder will share the history of this somber day — which commemorates the anniversary of various disasters in Jewish history, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples — and discuss the consequences it has had on our modern Jewish lives. After a catered lunch, there will be a screening of “The Fixer,” the 1968 adaptation of the Bernard Malamud novel about a Jewish man in czarist Russia. 11 a.m. $14; $16 for nonmembers. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

THURS | JULY 27

ADL SUMMER COMEDY SOIREE

Master of ceremonies Bruce Fine will be joined onstage by comedians Ian Bagg, Jeff Garlin, Chris Spencer and Wendy Liebman. Special guest Kosha Dillz also will be contributing with some of his freestyle rapping. 21 and older event. Two-drink minimum. Proceeds benefit the the Anti-Defamation League, fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry in all forms. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50; tickets available on eventbrite.com. The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4260. adl.org.

THE GUARDIANS SUMMER PARTY

Dress to impress and mix and mingle while toasting the summer and raising money for a good cause. All proceeds benefit The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Cocktail attire. 6 p.m. $18; $30 for two; $20 single tickets at the door; free for Guardian members. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. The W Hotel, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. laguardians.org.

Paul Simon in New York in 1975. Photo by Edie Baskin

What to do in Los Angeles this week: May 12-18


FRI | MAY 12

SKIRBALL AFTER HOURS — “PAUL SIMON: WORDS & MUSIC”

Partake in this rare opportunity to see the exhibition “Paul Simon: Words & Music” at night. Celebrate the enduring legacy of the iconic singer-songwriter with a tour of the exhibition led by museum director Robert Kirschner, a full cash bar and local food trucks. 6 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE WITH COL. KOBI MAROM

Retired Israel Defense Forces officer Col. Kobi Marom will talk about “ISIS and the War Against the West: How to Counter What May Be the Greatest Terrorist Threat in Modern History.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (626) 773-0251. templeetzchaim.org.

SAT | MAY 13

AUTHOR ARIEL LEVY

Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy’s memoir, “The Rules Do Not Apply,” is about a woman overcoming loss and seeking reinvention. Levy leads the reader through the story of how she built her unconventional life, resistant of traditional rules, and then watched it fall apart. 4 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com. Levy also will lead a program at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations recommended for the Skirball event. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

SUN | MAY 14

THE GREAT LAG B’OMER PARADE

The origins of Lag B’Omer, a minor holiday between the period of Passover and Shavuot, is the subject of many theories. No matter why it began, celebrate the day with a concert, parade and fair. There will be rides, carnival games, live music, kosher food and more. Special guests: Uncle Moishy and Eli Marcus. 10 a.m. Free. Pico Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Robertson Boulevard.  (800) 242-2239. lagbomerla.blogspot.com.

WORLD’S LARGEST MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

The Los Angeles Jewish Home will host the 23rd annual World’s Largest Mother’s Day Celebration, honoring the home’s mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers on the Grancell Village and Eisenberg Village campuses. Enjoy a brunch while listening — and dancing — to the Skye Michaels Orchestra. 10:30 a.m. $25 (ages 12 and older); $12 (ages 5-11). Free for Jewish Home residents and children younger than 5. The Los Angeles Jewish Home Grancell Village campus, 7150 Tampa Ave., Reseda; Eisenberg Village campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3324. denise.horowitz@jhla.org.

TUES | MAY 16

THE GUARDIANS SPRING KICKOFF PARTY

Dust off your cocktail attire and help raise money for a great cause while enjoying great company, drinks and live music. All proceeds benefit The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Space is limited; priority will be given at the door to members and pre-sale ticket holders. 7 p.m. $18; $30 for two; $20 per person at the door; free for members. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. The Peppermint Club, 8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 479-2468. laguardians.org/events.

WED | MAY 17

“FIFTY YEARS OF UNITED JERUSALEM?!”

Hosted by the Rosenberg Cultural Center and Rabbi Steven Silver, come explore Jerusalem. At the half-century mark of the reunited Jerusalem, what are the prospects for peace and reconciliation? What will the next 50 years bring? After lunch, enjoy a screening of “Jerusalem,” an immersive experience that will take you on a journey through the beautiful and beloved city. 11 a.m. $14; $12 for members. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

THURS | MAY 18

STEVE SOBOROFF

Steve Soboroff, the vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, will discuss “Policing, Philanthropy, Prisons and Politics” at the Executive Speaker Series breakfast. Soboroff has a lot of experience in public policy and has much to share about his many endeavors. 7:30 a.m. $25 for members, $30 at the door; $35 for nonmembers, $40 at the door. El Caballero Country Club, 18300 Tarzana Drive, Tarzana. (818) 774-3332. theexecutives.org.

“EXAGOGE”

The Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) presents Theatre Dybbuk’s reading of “Exagoge,” which is inspired by the first recorded Jewish play that was written in the style of a Greek tragedy by Ezekiel the Poet in the second century B.C.E. Only 269 lines of the original play exist; these lines were used to create this full-length theatrical production. Rich in movement, music and poetry, “Exagoge” relates the experiences of refugees, immigrants and the disenfranchised from the 19th century to today, highlighting the inclusive nature of the Exodus narrative. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU of Southern California. 7:30 p.m. reception; 8:30 p.m. show. $20. The Box, SIJCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. sijcc.net.

Calendar: April 7-13


FRI | APRIL 7

ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA NETWORK SHABBAT

Celebrate the end of the week with Young Adults of Los Angeles, tasting wines and food while welcoming the start of Shabbat. 7 p.m. $36; tickets available at eventbrite.com. The Blending Lab, 7948 W. Third St., Los Angeles. yala.org.

SAT | APRIL 8

“WAYNE NEWTON: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL”

Wayne Newton makes his return to Beverly Hills with his new production, “Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal.” The entertainer known as “Mr. Las Vegas” will sing crowd favorites including his signature hit, “Danke Schoen,” interact with the audience and play an assortment of instruments. The opening set will be by modern adult-contemporary/smooth jazz artist and songwriter Carly Robyn Green. 8 p.m. $38; tickets available at tikly.co/events/1856. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. sabanconcerts.com.

REBBESOUL HAVDALLAH CONCERT

International recording artist RebbeSoul is back in the United States from Israel with his unique blend of ancient and modern music. Come enjoy an evening of music, storytelling, noshing and mingling with the community. 8:10 p.m. $25; tickets available at eventbrite.com; $29 at the door. Address given upon RSVP, Santa Monica. (310) 430-9864. holisticjew.org.

SUN | APRIL 9

PASSOVER FAMILY ADVENTURE AND FUN DAY

Travel back in time to biblical Egypt and relive the Exodus. Watch the Ten Plagues come to life in the Land of Egypt (aka Shemesh Organic Farm), meet animals at the Pinat Chai Animal Center, bake matzo on the open fire, make charoset in the “Jamba Jews” Bike Blender, and enjoy games plus arts and crafts. The day will be filled with activities, snacks and a kosher lunch. 10 a.m. $10; free for kids 6 and younger; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH DAY

Need help finding a genealogical record or a ship manifest? Do you know what sources to use? Or do you need family documents translated? Yiddish, Russian, German, Polish and Hebrew translators will be on hand to help answer your questions in an event hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. Sessions include Barbara Algaze on genealogy research at the Family History Library and a Q-and-A on DNA topics moderated by Brock Shamberg. 12:30 p.m. Free for members; become a member at the door for $25 (or $30 per family). Los Angeles Family History Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. jgsla.org.

WED | APRIL 12

PASSOVER CLEANSE

Join Netiya for a six-day Passover virtual cleanse that features a daylong retreat on April 16 in Sherman Oaks. Instead of a week of eating heavily processed foods full of additives, sugars and salt, you can choose to join Neitya for a virtual cleanse that includes daily prompts with nutritional and health tips, emotional and spiritual probes and quotes, Passover Torah and optional daily conference calls for support. Includes a suggested menu of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, soups and teas. Participants will pot and take home edible plants, sing freedom songs and close with a mikveh. netiya.org.

THURS | APRIL 13

BLACK AND JEWISH FOODWAYS

Michael Twitty, the acclaimed African-American Jewish food writer and culinary historian, will explore race, culture, food, faith and history through what he calls “Kosher/Soul.” Twitty will share his personal journey and discuss the experience of being both African-American and Jewish. The 8 p.m. event will feature a sampling of recipes from his forthcoming cookbook, “The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South.” 2 p.m., free; 8 p.m., $20, $15 for members, $10 for students. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.    

Calendar: June 6–June 12


SAT | JUNE 6

“ON TIDY ENDINGS”

Is this grief big enough for the two of us? That’s the issue between a gay man and a straight woman who meet to tie up loose ends after the death of the man they both loved. Set in 1987, Harvey Fierstein’s one-act play, part of his “Safe Sex” trilogy, is a study of the universal situation of losing a loved one and the unique quality of mourning that rose within the context of AIDS. Directed by Sara Wagner, the production is part of the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. 10:30 p.m. $12. Through June 27. The Complex’s East Theatre, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 465-0383. SUN | JUNE 7

“FOLLOWING SHIRA’S JOURNEY: A GREEK JEWISH ODYSSEY”

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival invites us to better understand a part of our own history. Filmmakers Carol Gordon and Natalie Cunningham present the untold story of the Greek Holocaust. History records an 87 percent loss of Greece’s Jewish population as a result of the Nazi atrocities of World War II, yet the experiences of these once-dynamic communities are scarcely known. It’s the U.S. premiere of this moving documentary, with music composed by John Koudounis. Noon. $12 (online), $15 (at door). Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>km-synagogue.org.

TUE | JUNE 9

AN EVENING WITH JUDY BLUME

A new book is in bloom! Perhaps you know her best for “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” or any other of her more than 25 books. Now you can know Judy Blume for a new novel, “In the Unlikely Event.” Blume weaves together three generations of families, friends and strangers whose lives are profoundly changed by a succession of disasters. Inspired by a series of real-life plane crashes that occurred in her hometown, Elizabeth, N.J., the book may offer an interesting glimpse into this prolific author. Blume will be in discussion with KPCC host Alex Cohen. 7:30 p.m. $25. The Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2725. THUR | JUNE 11

GOOD-FOOD GALA

Celebrate the first five years of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and its collaborative efforts to create a more just and sustainable food system in our region. KCRW’s Evan Kleiman will emcee the evening while Redbird and BLD chef/owner Neal Fraser offers a locally sourced tasting menu. The program will honor “good-food heroes” Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Steve Zimmer and Robert Gottlieb. KCRW’S DJ Raul Campos will provide the tunes. It’s a good cause, and it’s certainly good eatin’. 6 p.m. $150. Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>skylightbooks.com.

FRI | JUNE 12

DEB BOWEN: NEW CONVERSATIONS ON HOLOCAUST EDUCATION

More than a decade ago, Deb Bowen was inspired by Holocaust survivors and decided to act on it by encouraging young authors and illustrators to preserve survivor stories in storybook form. The project, “A Book by Me,” has expanded to more than 90 book titles that were created by kids, for kids. Now revealing the behind-the-scenes of this project, Bowen, in her book “A Walk With Esther,” shares the relationships between these young authors and their subjects. Noon. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704.

Calendar: April 3–10


FRI | APRIL 3

“PASSAGES”

Chronicling the history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies, the traveling exhibition “Passages” features about 400 artifacts set against immersive environments like the caves of Qumran and the Jerusalem Chamber at Westminster Abbey. Covering a religious spectrum from Jewish to Protestant, the show’s diversity means it aims for a diverse audience. Hours vary. Through Feb. 27, 2016. $12 (general), $10 (children and seniors). 26565 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. (888) 297-8011. SAT | APRIL 4

“2ND NIGHT: NOT YOUR ZAYDE’S SEDER!”

Trying to figure out how to compete with night one of a family-filled seder? Grab your zayde and get it right the second night with Temple Judea’s celebration filled with food, music, four famous questions and the “prince of kosher gospel,” Joshua Nelson. Nelson, a Black Jew, infuses his music with both parts of his identity. He’s sung with Aretha Franklin and The Klezmatics, and was hailed the “next big thing” by Oprah Winfrey. 5 p.m. $35-$70. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. ” target=”_blank”>thejar.com.

TUE | APRIL 7

CAROL ES

This L.A.-based multimedia artist went on a day trip near Joshua Tree National Park in the spring of 2014. Thanks to her new solo exhibition, “Exodus,” that trip is now an experience for us as well. Using mixed-media collages and a series of paintings, Es — who took photographs and video footage, kept a journal and practiced meditation — reveals her journey through the wilderness and the self-reflection it inspired. 10 a.m. Through May 9. Free. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961. THUR | APRIL 9

MOBY AND GENE BAUR

Author of “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life” Gene Baur and musician and animal-rights activist Moby sit down with Time magazine’s Joel Stein to discuss an eco- and animal-friendly lifestyle. With a focus on connecting with nature wherever you are and making the world a better place, the program will inform and inspire, whether you change your eating habits or don’t. There will be a book signing after the conversation. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>hammer.ucla.edu.

THUR | APRIL 10

“WHILE WE’RE YOUNG”

Married couple Josh and Cornelia are living a childless, New York, middle-aged life. As their other friends settle into their lives as parents, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple, Jamie and Darby. Directed by Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha”) and starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, the film is an honest and fun look at adolescence at any age, and the journeys that some people decide to take together, for better or worse. Hip-hop dance scenes and social paranoia included. Various times. At theaters citywide. 

Calendar: January 4–10


SAT | JAN 4

ILIZA SHLESINGER

She’s the first female and youngest comedian to win NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She’s had a half-hour special on “Comedy Central Presents,” she’s worked with “Pauly Shore & Friends” on Showtime, Chelsea Handler on E!, Joel McHale on “The Soup” and NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly.” Whether she’s discussing our responsibility to polar bears or what missing teeth can reveal, she discusses it with biting expertise. 18 and older. Sat. 8 p.m. $15 (two-item minimum). Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. ” target=”_blank”>geffenplayhouse.com


WED | JAN 8

DARA FRIEDMAN 

In Dara Friedman’s “PLAY, Parts 1 & 2,” 17 couples — some fictionally paired and some in real-life relationships with one another — develop and play out improvised scenes of intimacy. Filmed during Friedman’s residency with the Hammer, “PLAY” features the actors in poetic, intense and humorous situations that grow from improvisational games. Friedman will participate in a Q-and-A following the screening. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. THU | JAN 9

“THE ROLE OF THE FORGOTTEN MOURNER”

Rabbi Daniel Greyber returns to Southern California to discuss his most recent book, “Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle With Grief and God.” What are the rules for dealing with the loss of a friend, mentor or colleague? Greyber, the former executive director of Camp Ramah in California, speaks to the pain experienced by the forgotten mourners by sharing personal stories of faith lost and regained anew. Kosher lunch served. RSVP required to park in building. Thu. Noon. $18 (nonmembers), $10 (Sinai Temple, Camp Ramah members). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. ” target=”_blank”>skirball.org


FRI | JAN 10

N’SHAMA WOMEN’S RETREAT

What better way to start off the New Year than with a renewal of the soul in nature’s beauty? Valley Beth Shalom and Temple Aliyah host a women’s weekend to celebrate Shabbat Shira. Join Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein and Cindy Paley Aboody at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute for two days of spiritual prayer, song and learning, dancing, drumming, hikes, a margarita bar and more. You are woman — make some time to roar (and relax). Through Jan. 11. Fri. $225 (double occupancy). Brandeis-Bardin Campus, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. (818) 222-0192. ” target=”_blank”>templealiyah.org

SHABBAT SHIRA — THE SHABBAT OF SONG

Temple Emanuel celebrates 75 years of music and prayer with the help of Los Angeles’ premier Jewish choir, the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, conducted by Nick Strimple. Fri. 6:30 p.m. Free (service only), $18 (dinner, adult), $12 (dinner, child). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 843-9588. ” target=”_blank”>templejudea.com.

Calendar: September 28–October 4


SAT | SEP 28

“THE GUARDSMAN”

If you thought your beautiful new spouse was cheating on you, wouldn’t you create a disguise and test her fidelity? Ferenc Molnar’s comic game of love and marriage may or may not remind you of you and yours, but with wit and deception aplenty, it’ll certainly be fun to watch. Directed by Michael Michetti. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Nov. 30. $34-$54. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 356-3100. SUN | SEP 29

PEDAL FOR PEACE

StandWithUs wants you to ride with them! The international nonprofit is cycling 60 miles from West Los Angeles to Oxnard in support of Israel. If that sounds a little far, participants can opt for a shorter ride and three-mile walk in Oxnard. And don’t worry, if you can’t find your sneakers, you can still sponsor someone! The journey will conclude with a kosher lunch at the Emerson beach house along with free T-shirts. Suggested donations for walkers and riders. Sun. 6:30 a.m. Meeting location to be announced. (310) 836-6140. ” target=”_blank”>westhollywoodbookfair.org.

WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE DEDICATION

It’s a coming-out (again) party! Renewed and ready for action, come celebrate the community-wide (and interfaith) dedication of the newly transformed Wilshire Boulevard Temple. The choral concert will include 150 voices from the Cantorial Choir of the Academy for Jewish Religion and a special closing performance by Burt Bacharach. Sun. 5 p.m. Free. RSVP required. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8932. MON | SEP 30

“PHOTO OPPORTUNITY”

It’s a presidential election year. A candidate makes a campaign stop and meets an elderly Jewish woman — what they learn about each other is a secret that haunts her and threatens him. Joshua Metzger’s play, directed by Elizabeth Sampson, will be read featuring actors Judith Scarpone, Amy Tolsky, Chet Grissom and Laurie Okin. The playwright, a prior winner of the National Playwrights Conference, will be in discussion after the performance. Tue. 8 p.m. Free. NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 761-8838. TUE | OCT 1

“ETGAR KERET: IS REALITY OVERRATED?”

 

The Israeli author, filmmaker, professor, thinker, mover and shaker is in conversation with Literary Death Match host Adrian Todd Zuniga. Internationally acclaimed for his short stories, which have been published in more than 20 languages, Keret will read from his newest collection, “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door.” A signing and a reception follow the discussion, which is sure to be a reality check. Tue. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required. UCLA Fowler Museum, Lenart Auditorium, Room A103B, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. THU | OCT 3

YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI

The globally revered journalist discusses his new book “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation.” Chronicling the 40-year story of the soldiers who reunited Jerusalem and divided a nation, it’s one of the year’s more controversial stories. Sponsored by the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and UCLA Hillel. Thu. 3-4:15 p.m. Free. Please register. UCLA School of Law, Room 1314, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. ” target=”_blank”>lajfilmfest.org.

DUDAMEL & BRONFMAN 

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is honoring composer Peter Lieberson. Having premiered Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs” in 2005, it is only fitting that the L.A. Phil premieres the late composer’s last piece: “Shing Kham.” Under conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra, international pianist Yefim Bronfman and percussionist Pedro Carneiro collaborate for a memorable and moving night of melody that includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Through Oct. 6. Thu. 8 p.m. $77.50-$180. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000.

Calendar: September 14–20


MON | SEP 16

“THE JEWISH IMMIGRANT IN WORLD CINEMA”

It’s no secret: as a people, we wander. Lawrence Baron discusses the various migrations of Jews in world history and how global cinema has portrayed these movements. Author of “The Wandering View: Modern Jewish Experiences in World Cinema and Projecting the Holocaust Into the Present,” Baron knows a thing or two about Jews and movies. Film clips will be shown. Mon. 11 a.m. Free. Reserved seating. California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Sierra Hall 268, Northridge. (818) 667-4724. ” target=”_blank”>vromansbookstore.com.


WED | SEP 18

SHARON OSBOURNE

Ahoy, me hearties! Join the “X Factor” judge and talk-show host on Erev Talk Like a Pirate Day as she signs her merry yarn for your wee pirates-in-training, “Mama Hook Knows Best: A Pirate Parent’s Favorite Fables.” Mama Hook, voiced by Osbourne on Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” takes a swim down memory lane, recalling her adventures on the Never Sea and all the tales she shared with a young James Hook. Yaar! It’s gonna get piratey and playful! Wed. 7 pm. Free. Barnes & Noble at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. ” target=”_blank”>laprintmaking.com.


THU | SEP 19

AIMEE BENDER 

The best-selling author who brought you “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” Bender reads from her new short-story collection, “The Color Master.” Whether it’s a tale of two sisters in Malaysia mending tigers or a woman marrying an ogre, Bender beautifully masters the layers and complexities of being ourselves. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. FRI | SEP 20

“A SINGLE SHOT”

When hunter John Moon pulls the trigger on a lone deer, it singularly alters his life. Director David M. Rosenthal (“Janie Jones”) presents a backwoods thriller starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy and Jeffrey Wright. Screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, “A Single Shot” is the chilling tale of a man trying to survive a cat-and-mouse struggle. Fri. Various times. Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (310) 478-3836. ” target=”_blank”>laemmle.com.

AMY SCHUMER

The brazen beauty takes the mic and will undoubtedly have a lot to say. Star of the hit Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer,” the comedian is making her mark in the ever-growing world of independent funny females. With experience on Broadway, in films and writing for magazines, it’s becoming hard to miss her — so, don’t. Fri. 7 p.m. $51. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-1400. ” target=”_blank”>hollywood.improv.com.

High Holy Day services: Tashlich 2013


SAN FERNANDO AND CONEJO VALLEYS

OAK CANYON COMMUNITY PARK

Temple Adat Elohim. Sept 5. 4:30 p.m. Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.

LAKE BALBOA

Temple Judea. Sept. 6. Approximately 11:30 a.m. Lake Balboa, 6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.

CALABASAS LAKE

Shomrei Torah Synagogue and Temple Aliyah. Sept. 8. 11 a.m. 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. (818) 346-0811. shomreitorahsynagogue.org. templealiyah.org.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD, AND EAST SIDE

MARSH PARK

East Side Jews. Down to the river we go. Be a part of the High Holiday transformative experience. Sept. 7. $40 (includes ritual, food and drink). 6:30-9:30 p.m. Marsh Park in Elysian Valley, 2960 Marsh St., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. eastsidejews.com.

WESTSIDE

SANTA MONICA BEACH

Beth Shir Shalom. Sept. 5. 3 p.m. (310) 453-3361. bethshirshalom.org.

Temple Isaiah. Sept. 5. 4 p.m. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com.

Temple Israel of Hollywood. Sept. 5. 4 p.m. Meet at lifeguard station 12 ($12 parking at Lot 3 North). (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.

IKAR. Sept. 8. 4:30 p.m. Lifeguard station 26 (park at the beach just south of Ocean Park Blvd.). (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.

VENICE BEACH

Nashuva. Please dress casually in white and consider a sweater. Bring a percussion instrument and bread for throwing. Sept. 5. 5:30 p.m. Venice Beach (where Venice meets the sand; approximate address: 1 N. Venice Blvd., Venice). nashuva.com.

Beth Chayim Chadashim. Sept. 6. 4:30 p.m. Venice Beach, near the Fig Tree Restaurant (429 Ocean Front Walk, Venice). (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.

WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH

Leo Baeck Temple. Sept. 5. 5 p.m. Will Rogers State Beach (intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Temescal Canyon Road). (310) 476-2861. leobaecktemple.org.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. Sept. 5. 5 p.m. Will Rogers State Beach (intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Temescal Canyon Road). (310) 276-9776. tebh.org.

MARINA DEL REY

Bike ride to the beach. Temple Akiba. Sept. 8. 1 p.m. (meet at Temple Akiba). Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-5783. templeakiba.net.

Calendar: June 22-28


Sunday, June 23: KINDRED SPIRITS

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, under the direction of Noreen Green, performs during this benefit concert with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, musical theater star Cantor Ilysia Pierce, tenor Cantor Ilan Davidson, gospel soprano Diane White-Clayton and the Faithful Central Bible Church’s 60-voice gospel choir. Dr. Susan Love and Manchester will be honored with the 2013 KindredSPIRITS Humanitarian Award, for research contributions in the eradication of breast cancer and for artistic contributions in supporting cancer research, respectively. The event raises funds for the Cancer Support Community, an international nonprofit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $36-$180. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 319-4849. kindredspiritslive.org.


SUN | JUNE 23 

“DIVAN” 

Filmmaker Pearl Gluck, living a secular life in Manhattan, must answer to her father, who wants her to marry and return to the Brooklyn Chasidic community she left behind as a teenager. Part memoir documentary and part travelogue, “Divan” follows Gluck as she travels to Hungary in her search for a family heirloom and encounters a colorful cast of characters, including a couch exporter, her ex-communist cousin in Budapest and a renegade group of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews. CSUN Jewish studies faculty members Jody Myers and Jennifer Thompson participate in a post-screening Q-and-A. Sun. 10 a.m. Free (RSVP required, two-ticket maximum). Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 677-4724, jewish.studies@csun.edu. www.csun.edu/jewish.studies.


MON | JUNE 24

ASSOCIATION FOR ISRAEL STUDIES CONFERENCE

The 29th annual international gathering of Israel scholars meets for the first time on the West Coast to examine “Israel in the International Arena: Scholarship, Imagery, Discourse and Public Policy.” Highlights include a keynote discussion, “Israel, Zionism and the World,” led by former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami; and a Wednesday plenary session, chaired by Journal President David Suissa, that explores “Israel Education and Scholarship: The Academy and the Community.” Mon. 6-7:15 p.m. (keynote). Through June 26. $160 (three-day conference), $20 (keynote only), free (plenary session only). Advance registration required. Keynote: UCLA campus, Schoenberg Hall, Los Angeles. Plenary session (June 26, 12:30-2 p.m.): UCLA campus, Dodd Hall, Room 147, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu/israel


TUE | JUNE 25 

JAMI ATTENBERG 

Attenberg’s latest novel, “The Middlesteins,” explores the strained bonds of a quirky Midwestern Jewish family. Richard Middlestein recently abandoned his wife of 30 years, Edie, who has a life-threatening obsession with food, and now it’s up to their kids to pick up the pieces. Today, Attenberg appears in person to discuss the comic-tragic family portrait, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. The event is part of the Diesel Author Luncheon series. Tue. noon-2 p.m. $55 (includes paperback copy of the book). Wilshire Restaurant, 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960. dieselbookstore.com.

ALBARE 

The jazz guitarist’s latest album, “The Road Ahead,” fuses his Moroccan roots with six-string influences ranging from Wes Montgomery to George Benson, while drawing on elements of blues and soul. Tue. 8:30 p.m. $20. Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 466-2210. catalinajazzclub.com.


THU | JUNE 27 

DODGERS JEWISH COMMUNITY NIGHT 

A pre-game tribute to the great Sandy Koufax kicks off the 14th annual Jewish Community Night. After, enjoy a kosher nosh, including hot dogs provided by Jeff’s Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory, as you watch the Boys in Blue (and white) take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The first 50,000 fans in attendance receive a Sandy Koufax bobblehead. Thu. 7:10 p.m. $25-$210. Dodgers Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 224-4287. losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com.

“KESHET @ 30”

For the past 30 years, the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble has entertained audiences around the world with its blend of ethnic, melodic and rhythmic movement. Tonight, the Israeli-American nonprofit dance company celebrates its anniversary by performing a fundraising concert at American Jewish University. Guests include singer-songwriter Meshi Kleinstein, daughter of Israeli megastars Rita and Rami Kleinstein. Israeli actress Yafit Josephson (“New Eyes”) hosts the event. Thu. 8 p.m. $50-$100. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (818) 986-7332. kcdancers.org.

NEIL GAIMAN

The acclaimed author of “Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book,” the comic book series “The Sandman” and the award-winning “American Gods” discusses his well-received new novel, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” with Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher. Thu. 8 p.m. $40-$103. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. alextheatre.org

Calendar Picks and Clicks: June 15-21


SUN JUNE 16

GELLER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

American Jewish University’s inaugural arts festival begins with an evening of contemporary dance with BODYTRAFFIC and the L.A. Dance Project, directed by Benjamin Millepied, a choreographer best known for his work on “Black Swan.” The festival continues with Gideon Raff discussing the similarities and difference between his Israeli series “Hatufim” and its American counterpart, “Homeland”; a performance by internationally renowned Israeli singer Noa and her longtime partner, Gil Dor; as well as a sold-out evening with comedian Joan Rivers. Sun. BODYTRAFFIC/L.A. Dance Project. 7 p.m. $45-$100. June 17. Gideon Raff. 7:30 p.m. $25. June 18. Noa and Gil Dor. 7:30 p.m. $45-$100. June 20. Joan Rivers. 7:30 p.m. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. wcce.aju.edu.

BLOOMSDAY

The Hammer’s fourth annual celebration of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” includes dramatic readings of the book’s “sirens” section by professional actors, live music by Irish band the Sweet Set, a Guinness happy hour and more. Set on the same date as Joyce’s novel, the event takes its name from the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom, who was born a Jew. Sun. 2-8 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu


TUE JUNE 18

“COMEDY NIRVANA! AN EVENING WITH MARC MARON” 

Maron is on fire. His refreshingly honest — not to mention popular — podcast features one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment, and “Maron,” a new IFC series, offers more confessional, raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy. Tonight, catch the actor-comedian and members of the IFC series cast and creative team, including Bobcat Goldthwait, for an exclusive conversation featuring clips from the series. Tue. 7 p.m. $20. The Paley Center, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000. paleycenter.org/2013-spring-marc-maron.

“A BOY AVENGER, A NAZI DIPLOMAT AND A MURDER IN PARIS” 

Journal book editor and author Jonathan Kirsch appears in conversation with ALOUD curator Louise Steinman to discuss his book “The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris.” Released this month, “A Boy Avenger” examines the historical details and oral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II, concerning a 17-year-old Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, who walked into the German embassy in Paris on Nov. 7, 1938, and assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat. Two days later, the Third Reich exploited the murder to inaugurate its long-planned campaign of terror against Germany’s Jewish citizens — what became known as Kristallnacht. Tue. 7:15 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org

“THE JUDY SHOW — MY LIFE AS A SITCOM”

Judy Gold, the 6-foot-3 Jewish mother of two, is bringing her big, critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit to the Geffen. A one-woman show and homage to the classic sitcoms of Gold’s youth, including “The Brady Bunch,” “The Partridge Family” and “Facts of Life,” “The Judy Show” covers life, love, show biz and, ultimately her quest for her very own show. Through July 28. Tue. 8 p.m. $57. The Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Season, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-2028. geffenplayhouse.com.

THU JUNE 20 

“THE BIG SHOW”

Orthodox music superstars Lipa Schmeltzer, an American Chasidic singer and composer who has been called “The Jewish Elvis”; frum rock duo the 8th Day, which combines contemporary popular music with Jewish themes; and vocalist Benny Friedman come together for a concert to raise funds for Bais Chaya Mushka Girls School. Israeli comedian and emcee Modi Rosenfeld brings the funny. Thu. 6:30 p.m. $18-$54. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles. (310) 363-0770. jewishconcertla.com.

EMIL DRAITSER

The author and Hunter College professor discusses “Laughing all the Way to Freedom: Social Functions of Jewish Humor.” The lecture, which draws on his book, “Taking Penguins to the Movies: Ethnic Humor in Russia,” examines the crucial role of Jewish humor at the time of the modern-day exodus of Jews from Russia. Thu. 6:30 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Public Library, Westwood Branch, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1739. www.lapl.org/branches/westwood

FRI JUNE 21

“ALIYAH”

Alex, a 27-year-old drug dealer, is continuously paying off the debts of his burdensome brother, Isaac, in director Elie Wajeman’s moody Parisian thriller. When their cousin, who returns to France after his military service in Israel, tells Alex he wants to go back to Tel Aviv to open a restaurant, Alex is tempted to join him. Torn between making his aliyah, selling drugs, his complicated love life and a destructive brother, Alex will have to find his own way and make a final decision. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 11, seniors). Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com

Calendar: May 18–24


SAT | MAY 18

ANATOLIAN CULTURES AND FOOD FESTIVAL 

This four-day cultural and historical event, which began May 16, includes exhibitions, food, arts and crafts, performances, dances, live music and more. Sat. Through May 19. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday.) $12 (adult), $9 (seniors, military personnel), $6 (ages 7-12), free (children, 6 and younger). O.C. Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (310) 208-7290. anatolianfestival.org.


SUN | MAY 19 

 

“THE HITS, THE LIFE AND THE LOST LYRICS OF ALLAN SHERMAN”

Allan Sherman, an L.A. native who achieved worldwide fame with his 1963 hit, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” did unapologetic Jewish comedy that heralded an explosion in American ethnic pride. Author Mark Cohen, whose book “Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman,” is the first  biography of Sherman, discusses the song parodist and comedian with Journal contributing writer and film producer Tom Teicholz. A Q-and-A and book signing follow the program, which includes a sampling of Sherman’s well-known and lost recordings. Sun. 2 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (full-time students), free (Skirball members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

SHAVUOT BIBLICAL FAIR

Didn’t get enough of Shavuot? This historically themed adventure day brings the biblical era to life for the entire family. Sit in the cool shade of a Bedouin tent; ride a camel around the kfar (village); stomp grapes to make wine, bake pita on a taboon and milk a goat; participate in a parade of bikkurim (first fruits); make biblical costumes and sandals; and cheer on your favorite tribe during a wild water games competition. Attendees are asked to dress in white and bring fruit to fill baskets for the parade; fruit will be donated to SOVA. Organized by Israeli American Council, formerly the Israeli Leadership Council. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. israelileadership.com.

“DUDE, WHERE’S MY CHUTZPAH?” 

In this comedic Web series, a 20-something is set to inherit a large sum of money from her grandma, only to discover that there’s a catch: In order to get the cash, she must live Jewish for a year. A Q-and-A with the director and cast, live music and local brews follow tonight’s world premiere. Sun. 6-9 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. (213) 617-1033. downtownindependent.com.


MON | MAY 20 

“THE ELEGIAC VISIONS OF PHIL SOLOMON”

The experimental filmmaker presents two of his acclaimed works, “What’s Out Tonight Is Lost” (1983) and “Psalm I: The Lateness of the Hour” (1999), as well as several digital works, including “In Memoriam,” a trilogy that mystically transforms backgrounds from the video game series “Grand Theft Auto.” Mon. 8:30 p.m. $10 (general), $8 (REDCAT members/students), $5 (CalArts students, faculty and staff). Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 W. Second St., downtown. (213) 237-2800. redcat.org.

“MEL BROOKS: MAKE A NOISE”

Showcasing the Brooklyn native’s brilliant, skewed originality, PBS’ “American Masters” journeys from Brooks’ early years in live television — with Sid Caesar on “Your Shows of Shows” — to the film genres he so successfully satirized in “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” “High Anxiety” and “Spaceballs,” to the groundbreaking Broadway musical version of his first film, “The Producers.” The documentary also delves into his professional and personal ups and downs — his childhood, first wife and subsequent 41-year marriage to actress Anne Bancroft. Mon. 9 p.m. PBS SoCal, Channel 50. pbssocal.org.


WED | MAY 22

PRESENTENSELA LAUNCH NIGHT 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Social Entrepreneur Fellowship presents an interactive evening celebrating Jewish innovation in Los Angeles. Hear from 12 big-thinking visionaries, learn about their ventures and network with like-minded creative thinkers. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks served (dietary laws observed). Wed. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. The Writer’s Bootcamp at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 761-8161. presentensela.org

“THE HOLOCAUST BY BULLETS”

The Rev. Patrick Desbois, a Holocaust investigator and Vatican liaison for Jewish affairs, discusses his historic undertaking to locate every mass grave and Eastern European site where approximately 1.5 million Jews were murdered by mobile killing squads during the Holocaust. At each site, he has been collecting artifacts and video testimonies from eyewitnesses, all of which will become part of the collections at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Paul Shapiro, director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, also appears. Wed. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 556-3222. wbtla.org.

 

“WHICH WAY (JEWISH) L.A.?”

Rabbi Sharon Brous (IKAR); UCLA history department chair David Myers; philanthropist David Lonner, founder of Oasis Media Group and L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry discuss the future of the Los Angeles mosaic and the place of Jews within it. Moderated by Rob Eshman, published and editor-in-chief of Tribe Media Corp., the evening’s panel is part of Autry exhibition, “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic.” Wed. 7 p.m. Free (tickets at the door or online). Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.


THU | MAY 23 

“BODIES, WOMEN, THE WORLD”

Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues” and the new memoir “In the Body of the World,” joins Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and author of the memoir “My Name Is Jody Williams,” to discuss their collaboration on ending violence against women. The two activists appear in conversation with Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media. Thu. 7:15 p.m. Free (reservations required). Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 11–17, 2013


SAT MAY 11

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN

Known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” the five-time Grammy-nominated Feinstein covers classics from musical theater as well as the songs of Frank Sinatra and other standards. $40-$85. 8 p.m. California State University, Northridge, Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

SUN MAY 12

WORLD’S LARGEST MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

Spring wouldn’t be the same without the nationally renowned annual Mother’s Day program at the Los Angeles Jewish Home. A Sunday morning brunch as well as an afternoon of entertainment and festivities on both Jewish Home campuses honors all mothers. Sun. 10:30 a.m. $25 (12 and older), $10 (ages 5-11). Los Angeles Jewish Home, Grancell Village, 7150 Tampa Ave., Reseda; Eisenberg Village, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3324. jha.org.

MON MAY 13

“THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI”

Author Helene Wecker combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology in her buzzed-about debut novel. “The Golem and the Jinni” (Harper) tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899 — a golem, who is created out of clay to be her master’s wife, and a jinni, a being of fire trapped in a copper flask for thousands of years, who is released by a tinsmith in Manhattan’s Little Syria. Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

TUE MAY 14

BURT BACHARACH AND MITCH ALBOM

The legendary songwriter and composer, whose new memoir, “Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music,” offers a candid backstage look at show business and his personal struggles, appears in conversation with best-selling author Mitch Albom (“The Time Keeper,” “Tuesdays With Morrie”). Tue. 8-9:15 p.m. $22-$70. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. alextheatre.org.

ANVIL

Made up of middle-aged rockers — including frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner — this Canadian band released more than a dozen albums of loud, distorted and overly masculine rock music to relative obscurity over the course of three decades. In 2008, acclaimed rock doc “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” catapulted the band into the public’s consciousness. Anvil and Kemical Kill open for British speed-metal group Motorhead. All ages. Tue. 8:30 p.m. $40-$46.50. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 765-7000. clubnokia.com.

SHAVUOT (TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY)

The Jewish Journal has highlighted 10 ways for Angelenos to celebrate the annual festival marking the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. All-night study sessions across the city include the joint Tikkun Leil Shavuot with Temple Beth Am, American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and PicoEgal; IKAR and Jewlicious’ “Revealed and Concealed,” a night of learning and celebration in Pico-Robertson with Rabbis Sharon Brous and Yonah Bookstein; Valley Beth Shalom’s “City of Angeles-Envisioning a New L.A.,” featuring appearances by mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel and lectures led by Rabbi Ed Feinstein; and Temple Israel of Hollywood’s “Blintzes, Bible, Banter and Borrekas.” Tue.-Wed. Various times, places and prices (most events are free). 

WED MAY 15

MARC MARON AND JUDD APATOW

This Writers Block Presents event features two of comedy’s most successful stars sharing the stage. Maron — creator of the podcast “WTF!” and star of the new IFC show “Maron” — talks with Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Freaks and Geeks”) about his new memoir, “Attempting Normal,” which charts the ups and downs of his professional and personal life. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $25 (general), $15 (students with ID). Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. writersblocpresents.com.

THU MAY 16

COMMON CHORDS

World-renowned klezmer violinist Yale Strom and famed Pakistani singer-guitarist Salman Ahmad lead this gathering of accomplished musicians from different cultures and religious traditions. Common Chords combines rock, klezmer, jazz, bhangra, Indian, Sufi and qawwali music into a hybrid executed by Ahmad, Strom, vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz, tabla master Samir Chatterjee, bassist Mark Dresser, dhol player Sunny Jain, accordionist Lou Fanucchi and saxophonist and flute player Tripp Sprague. The evening is part of Skirball’s new concert series, “Journeys and Encounters,” featuring collaborations between musicians of diverse genres. Thu. 8 p.m. $35 (general), $30 (members), $25 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

FRI MAY 17

“STATE 194”

Participant Media’s new documentary from producer Elise Pearlstein (“Food, Inc.”) begins with former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s plan in 2009 to demonstrate that his people were deserving of United Nations membership. Since then, they’ve made progress, but the political quagmire between Israel, the Palestinians, the United States and other parties — and Fayyad’s recent resignation from office — might destroy the opportunity for peace. Fri. Various times. Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com

Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 4-10, 2013


FRIDAY-SUNDAY

BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND

America’s largest community service festival, which started in 1999 as Temple Israel of Hollywood Mitzvah Day, attracts nearly 50,000 people from every neighborhood, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic group to hundreds of projects in communities across Southern California. Volunteer projects include such activities as planting gardens at schools, fixing up homeless shelters and sprucing up dog parks. Big Sunday Weekend also features concerts, book fairs and blood drives. Fri. Through May 5. Various times. Free. Various locations. (323) 549-9944. bigsunday.org.


SAT MAY 4

EIFMAN BALLET 

Fueled by the artistic vision of choreographer-philosopher Boris Eifman, who told the Journal that he creates “Russian ballets with a Jewish soul,” this acclaimed dance company showcases “Rodin,” an expedition set at the crossroads of passion and insanity, based on the turbulent relationship between famed French sculptor Auguste Rodin and fellow artist Camille Claudel, his mistress and muse. Through May 5. Sat. 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. $29-$109. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org.

“I’M NOT RAPPAPORT” 

West Coast Jewish Theatre presents the story of a friendship between two elderly men — Nat Moyer (Jack Axelrod), a feisty, eccentric Jewish leftist who weaves good-natured con games in order to get his way; and Midge Carter (Carl Crudup), a cantankerous African-American who is afraid that he is going to be put out to pasture as his age becomes an issue at his workplace. Through June 23. Sat. 8 p.m. $35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620. westcoastjewishtheatre.org.


MON MAY 6

MALCOLM GOLDSTEIN 

The Brooklyn-born Jewish composer, violinist and improviser delivers a solo performance during “VLN & VLA,” an epic concert of music for violin and viola. Other guest performers include Andrew Tholl, CalArts violin faculty Lorenz Gamma and CalArts alum Andrew McIntosh. Mon. 7 p.m. $10 (CalArts students/faculty/staff), $16 (students), $20 (general). Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 W. Second St., downtown. (213) 237-2800. redcat.org.  


TUE MAY 7

DUO DEL SOL

Israeli native Javier Orgman, who was raised in Uruguay, received violin training in El Sistema, the same place where Gustavo Dudamel learned to play. He and guitarist Tom Farrell make up this musical duo. Specializing in global post-rock, Duo del Sol performs tonight in Los Feliz. Tue. 8 p.m. $12. Rockwell: Table and Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 661-6163. rockwell-la.com.


WED MAY 8

JUDY ZEIDLER

Chef and restaurateur Judy Zeidler teaches the “Italian” way to prepare pastas of all shapes and sizes during her monthly live cooking demonstration, “Cooking ‘Around the World.’ ” Zeidler, a Journal contributor, author of “Italy Cooks” and an instructor at American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education, will be joined by a surprise guest Italian chef. The meal concludes with dessert. Wed. 10 a.m-1 p.m. $64. Location provided upon RSVP (e-mail dstuart@ajula.edu). (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajul.edu.

LAUGHWITHUS

Pro-Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs presents an evening of comedy at the Hollywood Improv with stand-up comedians Avi Liberman, a regular on E!; Mark Schiff, who has opened for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld; Chris Spencer (“Vibe”); and Michael Loftus, a writer on the FX sitcom “Anger Management.” Proceeds benefit The Koby Mandell Foundation, which provides support to Israeli families affected by terrorism. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $80 (advance purchase), $90 (door), $100 (VIP). Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (310) 836-6140. standwithus.com.

“PEOPLE OF THE BOOK”

A new collection of essays, “On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect on Transformative Passages From the Five Books of Moses,” features more than 100 clergy sharing the passages from the Torah that have brought meaning to their lives. Tonight, a diverse panel of local contributors — including Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector and professor of philosophy at American Jewish University; the Rev. Janet Bregar of Village Lutheran Church of Westwood; the Rev. Thomas Eggebeen, interim pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church; and the Rev. Sylvia Sweeney, dean and president of the Bloy House/Episcopal Theological School of Claremont — read from their reflections, answer questions and engage in an interfaith dialogue. The book’s editor and publisher, Jeff Bernhardt, appears as well. Wed. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039. S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. jewishla.org.


THU MAY 9 

“CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS IN CRISIS”

L.A. Unified School Board member Steve Zimmer; Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president and CEO of Community Coalition; Nancy Ramirez, western regional counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and John Rogers, UCLA associate professor and director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, discuss “California Schools in Crisis: Closing the Achievement Gap.” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry moderates the panel, which is co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles; the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, MALDEF, the Los Angeles Urban League and the Anti-Defamation League. Thu. Noon. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org

2013 Passover calendar


SAT | MARCH 16

TEMPLE JUDEA
Celebrate Passover, Shabbat and family during a Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Karen Bender, Cantor Alison Wissot and Len Levitt and the Levitty Puppets. Sat. 9:30 a.m. Free. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.


SUN | MARCH 17

“THE DOWNTOWN SEDER”
Clergy and community leaders, including Ruth Messinger, president and executive director of American Jewish World Service; Imam Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs for the Islamic Center of Southern California; the Rev. Mark Whitlock, executive director of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement; Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom; and Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuvah, appear at this interfaith urban Passover experience. Held at the new Pico Union, a revival of the historic site of the first Sinai Temple, the event provides inspiration and insight through song, stories and more, all in celebration of the themes of Passover. A light reception follows. Sun. 2-4 p.m. Free-$72. Pico Union, 1153 Valencia St., downtown. (818) 760-1077. downtownseder.eventbrite.com (the Journal will live-stream this program at jewishournal.com/downtown_seder).

“MEM: A REVOLUTIONARY ROCK MUSICAL”
In Hebrew, “Miriam,” “Moses,” “Mitzrayim” (Hebrew for “Egypt”), “makot” (Hebrew for plagues) and “miracle” all begin with mem, the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Drawing on Torah, midrash and the imagination of Bill Burnett, who wrote the book, lyrics and music to this concert event, “Mem” follows the Hebrew slaves’ insurgency against their oppressors in Egypt. A lively discussion follows. Sun. 2 p.m. Free (donations welcome). Adat Ari El, Farber Auditorium, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. adatariel.org.

THE HOLLYWOOD CANTORS
Cantors Samuel Cohen, Jonathan Friedmann, Marcus Feldman and Netanel Baram perform songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and Italian during “Exodus: A Passover Concert.” Angela Bae (violin), Susan Greenberg (flute) and Carmit Baram (bassoon) provide accompaniment. Presented by the City of West Hollywood’s Russian Advisory Board. Sun. 3 p.m. $20 (suggested donation). Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 868-2623. weho.org.


TUE | MARCH 19

PASSOVER CITY HALL CELEBRATION
Elected leaders, synagogue members, students and others come together to celebrate. Sing songs of liberation, nosh on matzah and macaroons, and rejoice. For security and parking reasons, RSVP no later than Thursday, March 14, to Barri Worth at barri.worth@lacity.org. Tue. Noon-1 p.m. Free. L.A. City Hall Rotunda, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8600. boardofrabbis.org.

FOOD JUSTICE SEDER
American Jewish World Service (AJWS), The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and Netiya come together for an interactive evening of food, conversation and study. AJWS President Ruth Messinger; Cari Uslan, development director of MAZON; and Rabbi Noah Farkas, founder of Netiya, offer insights about food justice and Passover. Also, learn how to advocate for ending hunger and meet like-minded Jews. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. The Hub on Venice, 11827 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 843-9588. ajws.org.


THU | MARCH 21

ITALIAN PASSOVER WITH JUDY AND MARVIN ZEIDLER
Famed chefs and restaurateurs Judy and Marvin Zeidler host a not-so-traditional Passover feast based on Judy’s recent book, “Italy Cooks.” Between courses, the Zeidlers reminiscence about Italy and discuss Italian Jewish cuisine. Menu includes whitefish mousse on romaine heart leaves with fried sage leaves and anchovy, Tuscan porcini soup, roast spring lamb with green sauce Piedmont and chocolate mousse with chocolate hazelnut. All recipes are kosher for Passover. All wines are kosher. Thu. 7 p.m. $80 (general), $95 (includes wine). Advance tickets required (sales end on March 18). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

VALLEY RUACH
The young professionals organization (ages 21-39) holds a chocolate seder, led by Jessica Kendler Yarkin, Ruach’s rabbinic student leader, and veteran pastry chef and chocolatier Jonathan Solomon. One golden ticket ensures admittance to this feast, which, to paraphrase Willy Wonka, will be 93 percent perspiration, 6 percent electricity, 4 percent evaporation, 2 percent butterscotch ripple and 0 percent matzah. Thu. 7 p.m. $10 (RSVP requested). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. valleyruach.org.


SUN | MARCH 24

“FUN AND WACKY PASSOVER FAMILY ADVENTURE”
The Shalom Institute in Malibu invites young children and their families to travel back in time to biblical Egypt and relive the Exodus. Kids toil the land and gather parsley for Passover; watch the Ten Plagues come to life; make holiday crafts or the seder table; ride the zip line across the Red Sea to freedom and make matzah over an open fire. Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.


MON | MARCH 25

JAR
Chef Suzanne Tracht’s acclaimed restaurant offers a special Passover dinner and seder to celebrate the first night of the holiday. The four-course meal merges Tracht’s family holiday traditions with the flavors of Jar, a modern chophouse. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres of house-cured salmon and crispy potato pancakes, matzah ball soup in lemongrass broth and a main course of Jar signature’s pot roast or sautéed Alaskan halibut. Family-style sides include horseradish mashed potatoes and sautéed pea tendrils. Macaroons, cheesecake and more highlight the dessert plate. Author Racelle Rosett leads the service with Rabbi Susan Goldberg. Singer-songwriter Sally Dworsky provides musical entertainment. Guests are encouraged to donate to MAZON : A Jewish Response to Hunger. Mon. 5:30 p.m. $130 (per adult), $55 (per child younger than 12). Jar, 8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-6566. thejar.com.


TUE | MARCH 26

“SEPHARDIC PASSOVER SEDER”
Sephardic Singles Havurah (ages 40s-70s) invites the community to its Sephardic seder, which is led in Ladino, English and Hebrew and overlooks on ocean sunset at a Pacific Palisades location. Haifa Restaurant caters the Sephardic-style dinner. RSVP with your check must be received by March 18. Tue. 4:30 p.m. $30 (Havurah members), $40 (guests). (323) 294-6084.

THE JEWISH HOME COMMUNITY SEDER
Enjoy a seder experience with the Jewish Home’s family of residents and supporters. Tue. 5 p.m. $40 (per adult), $30 (per adult family member of Jewish Home residents). $15 (per child younger than 12). Advance tickets required (sales end March 18). Los Angeles Jewish Home, Eisenberg Village Camps, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3386. www.jha.org.

“COMMUNITIES OF THE WORLD”
Experience a second-night seder with customs and charoset from Jewish communities across the globe. Tue. 6:15-9 p.m. $52 (nonmember adult), $27 (member child, ages 3-13), $48 (member adult), $32 (nonmember child, ages 3-13). Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.

“REDEMPTION AND RESPONSIBILITY” SEDER
Join AJWS, Global Circle, ATID and Moishe House for a second-night seder, designed for singles and couples (ages 21-39), that focuses on how our freedom story inspires global justice today. A three-course kosher gourmet meal will be served. Tue. 6:30 p.m. $44 (reservations required). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. atidla.com/calendars/atid-7th-annual-2nd-night-seder.


WED | MARCH 27

BEIT T’SHUVAH PASSOVER
The rehabilitation center hosts a special third-night seder with a presentation of its original musical, “Freedom Song.” Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $26. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. beittshuvah.org.


THU | MARCH 28

WOMEN’S PASSOVER SEDER
Experience the seder through the eyes of women, sing women’s Passover songs and feast on a kosher-for-Passover dinner. One of the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ most anticipated and well-attended annual events, this get-together aims to be meaningful and inspiring. Thu. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $36 (members), $46 (general). NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. ncjwla.org/womens-passover-seder.

Purim event calendar 2013


ALL AGES

FRI | FEB 22

TEMPLE JUDEA
A three-day carnival includes rides, food, games and a kids’ zone. Fri. Through Feb 24. Presale: $17 (20 tickets), $35 (Friday wristband), $25 (Saturday wristband), $45 (Sunday wristband); day-of prices: $1.25 (per-ride ticket), $20 (20-ride tickets), $40 (50-ride tickets, Friday wristband, Saturday wristband), $50 (Sunday wristband). Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.


SAT | FEB 23

“PURIM PANDEMON!UM”
University Synagogue’s carnival features Moe Deli and Canter’s food trucks, games, rides, prizes and more. Fun for kids and adults alike. Sat. 5-9 p.m. $20 (presale), $25 (door). University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 472-1255. unisyn.org.

“HAMEN’S HOLLYWOOD”
Join Kehillat Ma’arav for a megillah reading, raffle, dinner, costume parade, a game of “Hamen’s Hollywood Squares” and more. Sat. 6 p.m. Free. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.

“SHUSHAN IDOL”
Beth Chayim Chadashim’s Purim bash features musical performances by mystery celebrity guests, a multilingual reading of the megillah, multimedia storytelling of the book of Esther and a sing-along. Sat. 6 p.m. (bring your dinner), 6:30-7 p.m. (children’s festivities), 7 p.m. (Havdalah, “Shushan Idol” and megillah reading). Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.

NASHUVA
The progressive congregation stages a megillah rock opera. Sat. 6:30 p.m. Free. Location TBD. nashuva.com.

“PURIM GRAMMY’S”
Sinai Temple’s Purim-themed sendup of the annual music awards show features Sinai staff and students doing impersonations of the some of biggest pop stars, including Taylor Swift, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, Maroon 5 and Carly Rae Jepsen. Traditional megillah reading follows. Sat. 6:30 p.m. (Havdalah and show). Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.

SEPHARDIC TEMPLE
Games, rides, prizes and other entertainment highlight the Conservative synagogue’s carnival. Sat. 6:30 p.m. $10 (member, presale), $14 (members, door), $15 (general, presale), $20 (general, door). Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-7000. sephardictemple.org.

“LES MIZ-SHUGINAH GIRL”
Congregation Kol Ami’s Purim spiel is a classic tale of love, politics and the Academy Awards. Sat. 7-10 p.m. Free. Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 606-0996. kol-ami.org.

“A NIGHT AT THE ESTHERS”
Shomrei Torah’s Oscar-themed Purim spiel and party features live music and entertainment, clips from the best picture nominees, photo opportunities and more. Walk the red carpet in your Esther’s best. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Free. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. Stsonline.org.

BETH JACOB CONGREGATION
Games and prizes, a costume contest, dancing, a dunk tank, food, moon bounce, music and rock climbing highlight the Orthodox synagogue’s Purim carnival. Sat. 7:30 p.m. (immediately after a megillah reading). Free entry. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 795-3857. bethjacob.org/eventscalendar.html.

“FIFTY SHADES OF PURIM”
Larger Than Life, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children who have cancer, celebrates Purim — and its 10th anniversary — with food, drinks, a costume contest and surprises. DJ Eyal spins. Sat. 8 p.m. $85. Unici Casa Gallery, 9461 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. (818) 887-7640. largerthanlifela.com/purim/purim_2013.php.

TEMPLE ALIYAH
Aliyah’s Purim carnival, which lasts two days this year, features a battle-of-the-bands for middle school and high school students — the winning band gets four hours of studio recording time — rides, games and more. Sat. 8-11 p.m. (battle-of-the-bands), Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Presale: $65 (unlimited all-day ride bracelet — Saturday and Sunday), $40 (unlimited all-day ride bracelet — Saturday night only), $45 (unlimited all-day ride bracelet — Sunday only). Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org.


SUN | FEB 24

JUSTICE CARNIVAL
Join progressive congregation IKAR for family-friendly fun and activities. Sun. 10 a.m. $15 (members), $20 (general). Adult admission included. IKAR, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.

PURIMland
Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s religious school’s carnival features food, arts and crafts, a bake sale, a Candyland zone and more. Sun. 10 a.m. $55 (wristband, presale), $65 (wristband, door). Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org.

TEMPLE AKIBA
A petting zoo, video game stations, food, games, prizes and a silent auction highlight the Culver City synagogue’s carnival. Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 (24 tickets, presale). Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-5783. templeakiba.net.

“THE SULTAN OF OZ”
Valley Beth Shalom’s Purim carnival features games, prizes, attractions and food. All proceeds benefit VBS Israel programs and summer camp financial aid. Sun. 10 a.m-3 p.m. Free entry. Valley Beth Shalom, Ventura parking lot, Malkin-Burdorf Hall and Glaser Hall. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

SHOMREI TORAH
Rides, games, food and more highlight Shomrei Torah Synagogue’s carnival and street fair. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pre-sale: $70 (family fun pack), $25 (wristband), $18 (20 tickets). Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.

STEPHEN S. WISE TEMPLE
Rides, food, a raffle and more highlight what is one of the Reform synagogue’s largest fundraisers and most popular volunteer days. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $36 (presale). Adult admission is free, but scrip must be purchased for food, rides and games. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 889-2300. wisela.org.

BETH SHIR SHALOM
A moon bounce, snow cones, dunk tank, face painting, bake sale and games highlight the Santa Monica congregation’s Purim carnival. Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free entry. Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361. bethshirshalom.org.

LEO BAECK TEMPLE
Live music, hamantashen, games, prizes and more highlight Leo Baeck’s spiel and carnival. Sun. 11 a.m. Free entry. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. leobaecktemple.org.

TEMPLE EMANUEL
Pinkberry, In-N-Out Burger, Sprinkles Cupcakes — these are just some of the food choices at Emanuel’s annual Purim carnival. Other highlights include the Aquarium of the Pacific on wheels, a “Diva Makeover” station, an inflatable rock hall and more. Rain or shine. Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Presale: $100 (120 tickets), $75 (90 tickets), $50 (60 tickets). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Steinbaum Burton Way Building, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (818) 849-5737. tebh.org.

TEMPLE ISRAEL OF HOLLYWOOD
Activities for all ages highlight the Hollywood synagogue’s carnival. Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Presale: $100 (135 tickets), $75 (100 tickets), $50 (67 tickets), $25 (33 tickets). Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.

“THE WHOLE MEGILLAH”
Temple Ahavat Shalom’s Mardi Gras-style carnival features food trucks, games, rides and more. Includes a wine tasting for adults. Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $45 (all-inclusive, presale), $50 (all inclusive, day of event). Other pricing options available. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org/purim.

TEMPLE ADAT ELOHIM
More than 20 rides, games and attractions highlight Adat Elohim’s Purim bash. Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $15 (presale), $20 (door).  Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.


TUE | FEB 26

“PURIM AT THE PIER”
Kehillat Israel’s Purim celebration includes rides, games, food and more. Tue. 4-8 p.m. $30 (wristband, includes free dinner), $10 (game swipe card) $25 (three-game swipe card). Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org.


SUN | MARCH 3

TEMPLE BETH AM
Rides, games, a magic show and arts and crafts highlight Beth Am’s carnival. The synagogue needs 150 volunteers to run the event. Sun. 11 a.m. $10 (tickets), $50 (wristbands). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.


ADULTS AND/OR YOUNG ADULTS

SAT | FEB 23

“A MAGICAL PURIM EXTRAVAGANZA”
Temple Adat Elohim’s party features three magicians (stage, parlor and close-up) from the Magic Castle performing illusions and prestidigitation. Includes live auction, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and no-host bar. Sat. 6 p.m. (hors d’oeuvres and cocktails), 7:30 p.m. (magic show). $50. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.

“PURIM IN THE VALLEY”
Valley Ruach’s carnival exclusively for young professionals features an inflatable gladiator joust, arcade basketball, a costume contest, raffle, silent auction, carnival games and open bar with beer, wine and well drinks. Ages 21-39 only. Sat. 6:45 p.m. (megillah reading with Adat Ari El community), 8 p.m. (carnival), 9 p.m. (joust tournament), 9:30 p.m. (basketball tournament). 10:30 p.m. (costume contest). $25 (presale), $30 (door). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 835-2139. valleyruach.org.

“PROM NIGHT PURIM”
Bring out the tuxes and gowns to relive that iconic evening, as Leo Baeck Temple’s truly post-adolescent event features music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and more.  Sat. 7 p.m. $20. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. leobaecktemple.org.

THE GROUNDLINGS
Performing a show created exclusively for Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the nationally acclaimed comedy troupe presents improvisations on the story of Esther. For teens and adults only. Sat. 7-8:45 p.m. (Korean barbecue buffet and no-host bar), 7:45-8:45 p.m. (Groundlings Improv show and megillah reading). Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Temple campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8932. wbtla.org.

“THE PURIM PROM”
AtidLA’s party for young professionals features a live DJ, food, a costume contest and more. JSpace co-sponsors. Sat. 9 p.m. $18 (advance), $25 (door). Tiato, 2700 Colorado Ave., No. 190, Santa Monica. (310) 481-3244. atidla.com.

JUSTICE CARNIVAL
Join progressive congregation IKAR for a night of Purim-themed debauchery, with drinks, games and light snacks. Sat. 9 p.m. $20 (members, not including cash bar), $25 (general, not including cash bar). IKAR, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.

“QUEEN ESTHER’S MASQUERADE BALL”
Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock throws a party with an open bar, live DJ and dancing until 2 a.m. Hip-hop artist AB SOTO performs. 21 and older. Sat. 9 p.m. $30. Highland Park Mason Building, 104. N. Avenue 56, Los Angeles. (323) 255-5416, tbila.org/purim.

PURIMPALOOZA X: “DISCO FEVER”
Dust off the polyester, platforms and Jewfros and head down to Steingarten LA, a gourmet beer garden, for a ’70s-themed party. Organized by JConnectLA. 21 and older. Sat. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (megillah readings at 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.). $10 (advance), $20 (door). Steingarten L.A., 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com/2013/02/purimpalooza-x-disco-fever.


SUN | FEB 24

THE SHANGRI LA PURIM BALL
Celebrate Purim — and the Jewish state — at the Creative Zionist Coalition’s party in Santa Monica. The evening includes an open wine-and-beer bar, hors d’oeuvres, a program honoring pro-Israel bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, and more. Sun. 5 p.m. (hors d’oeuvres), 6 p.m. (program and dancing). Hotel Shangri-La, 1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. creativezionistcoalition.org.

Calendar: Jan. 26-Jan. 31


[SUNDAY | JANUARY 27]

LESLEY WOLMAN

After sold-out shows in 2010 and 2011, the songstress returns to the Gindi with a new concert, “In Hollywood.” Backed by a six-piece band, Wolman performs songs from the silver screen spanning eight decades, including “Alfie,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” and “That Black Old Magic.” Best known for her show and CD “Jewish Women in Song,” Wolman counts Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand among her influences. Sun. 4 p.m. $30. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. ajula.edu.



[SAT JAN 26]

“BOEING BOEING”

Self-styled playboy Bernard juggles three fiancées — Italian, German and American — each of them a beautiful flight attendant on international routes. But chaos ensues when schedule changes bring all three to Bernard’s apartment at the same time. Michelle Azar, who writes the Yoga Breaths blog for the Journal, stars in this Tony Award-winning comedy. Sat. Through Feb. 10. 8 p.m. $45-$70. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 944-9801. lamiradatheatre.com.


[SUN JAN 27]

INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust commemorates the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Special tours (11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) feature pieces on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum of Poland; survivors appear in person to tell their stories (12:30 and 3 p.m.); and a museum tour (2 p.m.) explores the West Coast’s largest archive of documents, relics and other primary source materials from 1933 to 1945. 

On Tuesday, a Mensch Foundation program features speakers, including Branko Lustig, Oscar-winning producer of “Schindler’s List”; Michael Berenbaum, Holocaust scholar and professor at American Jewish University; Judea Pearl, president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation; Stanley Goldman, director of the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide at Loyola Law School; Rabbi David Baron, spiritual leader of Temple of the Arts; Karin Proidl, Austrian consul general in Los Angeles; Bernd Fischer, German consul general in Los Angeles; and Steven Geiger, founder of the Mensch Foundation International. The Mensch Foundation will honor Lustig for his work keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive through cinema.

L.A. Museum of the Holocaust: Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org. 

Mensch Foundation: Tue. 7 p.m. $25. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (760) 416-3685. menschfoundation.org.


[MON JAN 28]

“WHEN GENERAL GRANT EXPELLED THE JEWS”

Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, appears in support of his latest book, “When General Grant Expelled the Jews.” Sarna discusses a little-known episode that took place in 1862, when Gen. Ulysses S. Grant expelled the Jews from his war zone, which remains the most notorious anti-Jewish order by a government official in American history. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $12. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 889-2300. wisela.org.


[TUE JAN 29]

L.A. MAYORAL FORUM

Rabbi David Wolpe leads a town hall with five of the 2013 mayoral candidates: Eric Garcetti, L.A. city councilman; Wendy Greuel, L.A. city controller; Kevin James, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles; Jan Perry, L.A. city councilwoman; and Emanuel Pleitez, an L.A. businessman. Sinai Temple and the Jewish Journal co-sponsor. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.


[WED JAN 30]

YEFIM BRONFMAN

Israeli-American pianist Bronfman performs a recital that includes the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Sisar,” commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Robert Schumann’s “Arabeske”; Johannes Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 3; and Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8. Celebrated for his virtuoso technique and musical sensitivity, Grammy winner Bronfman is a local favorite and member of the L.A. Philharmonic’s extended family. Wed. 8 p.m. $55.50-$112.50. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.


[THU JAN 31]

“SOUL TO SOUL” 

Cantor Magda Fishman of Temple Beth Am; Broadway veteran Elmore James; singer, songwriter and recording artist Tony Perry; and Zalmen Mlotek, a recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music, who conceived of “Soul to Soul” in 1998, come together for a concert celebration of Yiddish and African-American cultures. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $25. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. tbala.org.

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SAT JAN 5

B.J. NOVAK: “UNCOLLECTED STORIES”

Writer and actor B.J. Novak (“The Office,” “Inglourious Basterds”) shares original pieces of comedic fiction in advance of an upcoming collection. Co-star, writer and producer of “The Office,” Novak has a sensibility that draws on a range of influences, from “Saturday Night Live” and “Monty Python” to Woody Allen and the notable anthology “The Big Book of Jewish Humor,” which was co-edited by his father. Sat. 10 p.m. $10. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.

SUN JAN 6

JNF TRIBUTE TO SOUTHERN ISRAEL

Winner of the Israeli version of “American Idol,” Ethiopian Jewish vocalist Hagit Yaso joins Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer Charles Fox for a free concert in support of Southern Israel. Organized by the Jewish National Fund, the concert features Yaso and Fox collaborating on “Killing Me Softly” as well as Fox performing his own music. Roy Firestone (“L.A. Tonight,” “Good Day L.A.”) serves as master of ceremonies. Sun. 6:30 p.m. Free. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 964-1400. jnf.org/laconcert.

TUE JAN 8

“GUT SHABBES VIETNAM”

A young Israeli couple and their baby set out on a one-way ticket to the Far East to encourage and create a Jewish community in Vietnam. Co-directors Ido and Yael Zand’s documentary follows the challenges facing Chabad emissaries Rabbi Menachem and Racheli Hartman as they encounter an eclectic mix of Israeli expats and Jews from the Diaspora. Tue. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, 11361 Bunche Hall, Room 135, UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu/israel.

WED JAN 9

IRAN, AMERICA, ISRAEL AND THE JEWS

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and 30 Years After hold a discussion with an Islamic affairs analyst from ADL’s Center on Extremism, on “Special Report: What the Iranian Government Is Telling Its Own People About America, Israel and Jews,” an expert breakdown on media within Iran’s borders today. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free (advance registration required). Anti-Defamation League, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4229. regions.adl.org/pacific-southwest.

“ISRAEL ELECTIONS 2013″

This 90-minute discussion maps out, clarifies and distinguishes between the platforms for the major political parties and players running in Israel’s general election on Jan. 22. Using advance interactive technologies and the most up-to-date information, experts examine how the leaders of Israel envision the future of the Jewish state. Every participant receives “Israel Seminars’ Guide to the Politically Perplexed 2013.” Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. tbala.org/israel.

THU JAN 10

“THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER”

Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of The Dude, the laid-back protagonist in the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski,” is pop-culture gold. In the new book, “The Dude and the Zen Master,” Bridges and Roshi Bernie Glassman offer a glimpse into conversations between student and teacher, a shared philosophy of life and spirituality and everyday wisdom. The result is a dialogue about life, laughter and the movies as well as a reminder of the importance of doing good in a difficult world. Bridges and Glassman appear in person along with the Rev. Danny Fisher, coordinator of the Buddhist chaplaincy department at University of the West. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $25. Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, The Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org.

FRI JAN 11

“FREUD’S LAST SESSION”

Starring Tony-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Judd Hirsch (“Taxi”) and Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”), Mark St. Germain’s off-Broadway play imagines a late-in-life meeting between Dr. Sigmund Freud (Hirsch), the Jewish atheist father of psychoanalysis, and the philosophical Christian author-professor C.S. Lewis (Cavanagh). The result is a discourse on life’s big questions just weeks before Freud’s death amid the ominous sounds of World War II. Talkbacks follow performances on Jan. 13 and Jan. 17, featuring Jack Miles, a Pulitzer-winner and professor of English and religious studies at UC Irvine, and Morris Eagle, professor emeritus at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, respectively. Fri. Through Feb. 10. 7:30 p.m. $42-$67. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.

“THE QUARTET”

Dustin Hoffman makes his screen directorial debut with this comic film starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Billy Connolly. Set in a home for retired opera singers, an annual charity concert to celebrate composer Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and a resident’s ex-wife. As old grudges re-emerge, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest operatic singers under one roof is no guarantee that the show will go on. Opens Friday. bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/quartet

Chanukah calendar 2012/5773


SAT | DEC 1

MIXOLOGY 101: HANUKOCKTAILS

Enjoy this evening as a date night or a chance to catch up with old friends and mingle with new ones while mixing delicious drinks. Sat. 8 p.m. $30 (drinks and appetizers included). Kehillat Israel, 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. kehillatisrael.org.


SUN | DEC 2

AMERICANA HANUKKAH

The Skirball’s annual family festival celebrates freedom, justice and democracy. Performers include puppeteer and storytelling troupe Story Pirates, pop-rock band the Macaroons, the Marcus Shelby Quintet, storyteller Karen Golden and klezmer-gypsy band Kalinka. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 (general), $7 (seniors, full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

JGSLA HANNUKAH PARTY

This Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles event also includes a discussion on “Finding Living People on the Internet” with Ron Arons and “Ask the Experts.” Sun. 1 p.m. Free. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 433-6599. jgsla.org.

FIESTA CHANUKAH PARTY

It has been nearly 20 years since the Chanukah lights have been lit inside the Breed Street Shul. Today’s celebration includes latkes and churros to eat, dreidels to play with, cookie decorating for the kids and tours of the campus. Sun. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $36 (adults), $18 (ages 13 and under). The Breed Street Shul, 247 N. Breed St., Los Angeles. (323) 881-4850. breedstreetshul.org/tickets

HANUKKAH FESTIVAL

Join the Zimmer Museum for a light-themed activities including story time, holiday crafts and more. Sun. $8 (adults), $5 (children) 12:30-5 p.m. Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.


WED | DEC 5

NINTH ANNUAL HANUKKAH PARTY

Join the W Group for happy-hour food and drinks, a raffle and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit Jewish World Watch. Wed. 7-10 p.m. $25 (pre-sale), $40 (door). Sur Lounge, 612 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/w-group-calendar.


THU | DEC 6

CHANUKAH FREYLEKH

Yiddish song, Yiddish dance and an art show highlight the festivities. Refreshments served. Proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10-$20 (sliding scale donation). Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. circlesocal.org.

“TACKLING DIVERSITY IN DECEMBER”

Wondering how to talk to your child about the diversity of holidays that bombard them in December? Join IKAR’s Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and Beth Weisman for a tonight’s discussion. Thu. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. IKAR Early Childhood Center, 1564 S. Burnside Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.


FRI | DEC 7

NASHUVA/JEWISH FEDERATION TOY DIVE

For the fourth year in a row, progressive community Nashuva and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles are joining forces to collect toys for distribution to children all over L.A. County for the holidays. Please bring new toys and books to Nashuva. Volunteers requested to take the donated toys and books from Nashuva and deliver them to The Jewish Federation. Fri. 6:30 p.m. Free. Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 W. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. nashuva.com.


SAT | DEC 8

WESTFIELD VALENCIA TOWN CENTER

Join local synagogues for a menorah lighting, music, games and refreshments in Town Center Square. 6 p.m. Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. westfield.com/valencia.

CHABAD OF MALIBU

Join Chabad of Malibu for a concert with the band Moshav, a public menorah lighting and latkes. 6:30 p.m. (VIP cocktail reception). 7:30 p.m. (concert). $25 (concert), $250 (VIP reception and concert). Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu. (310) 456-6588. jewishmalibu.com.


SUN | DEC 9

SANTA MONICA PLACE

Beth Shir Shalom’s Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels and Cantor Diane Rose will be on the main stage as visitors enjoy music, arts and crafts and latkes in a celebration of Chanukah. Sun. 10 a.m. Free. The Market at Santa Monica Place, dining deck on level 3, 295 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361. bethshirshalom.org/community/events-calendar.

SILVERLAKE INDEPENDENT JCC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Don’t miss a fun-filled day for the whole family. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Silverlake Independent JCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. sijcc.net.

ISRAELI SCOUTS

Join the Israeli Scouts, the Israel Leadership Council and Ha’bait Ha’Israeli at a Chanukah happening. Arts and crafts, music and a kids show make this a party for the entire family. All ages. Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Masonic Lodge, 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 304-0708. jewishla.org.

ORT CHANUKAH BRUNCH

ORT America recognizes the achievements of Ann Spicer, a Holocaust survivor and ORT supporter. Other guests include keynote speaker David Suissa, Tribe Media Corp/Jewish Journal president, and concert pianist Marrina. Sun. 11 a.m. $180. Beverly Hills Hotel, Rodeo Ballroom, 9641 W. Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 966-0092. ortamerica.org.

WESTFIELD FASHION SQUARE CENTER

Chabad of Sherman Oaks partners with Westfield Fashion Square for a menorah lighting, Chanukah sand art, live music, dancing, food, games and a performance by the Chabad Hebrew School. 2-4 p.m. Westfield Fashion Square, 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. chabadso.com.

FARMERS MARKET HANUKKAH CELEBRATION

The Farmers Market hosts children’s activities, a “Chanukah Pajamikah” performance with cantorial soloist Doda Mollie and a menorah lighting ceremony. Sun. 2:30-5 p.m. Free. The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 933-9211. farmersmarketla.com/special_events/index.asp.

UNIVERSAL CITYWALK

Chabad of the Valley partners with Universal CityWalk to host the 11th annual “Festival of Lights” celebration. Featuring a concert performance by 8th Day. 6 p.m. Free. Universal CityWalk Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles. chabadofthevalley.org.

“A CANTOR’S JOYFUL JOURNEY”

Cantor Jen Roher headlines tonight’s concert at Temple Ahavat Shalom. Other performers include Cantors Leigh Korn, Barbara Ostfeld, Bruce Ruben and Patti Linsky. Sun. 7 p.m.$25 (general), $10 (students). Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org/cantorsconcert.php.


MON | DEC 10

CSUN CHABAD

The Department of Jewish Studies joins CSUN Chabad for a public menorah lighting, latkes, dreidel games, doughnuts and gelt. 5 p.m. In front of the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. chabadcsun.com.

DEMOCRATS OF ISRAEL-LOS ANGELES

The organization hosts a Chanukah party, featuring food, entertainment and a candle-lighting ceremony. The event also celebrates President Obama’s forthcoming inauguration. Mon. 7-9 p.m. $20. Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 389-5854. dfi-la.org.


TUE | DEC 11

KEHILLAT MA’ARAV CANDLELIGHTING AND DINNER

After the 6 p.m. lighting of the chanukiyah on Third Street Promenade, everyone walks to dinner at Trastevere Italian Restaurant. Dinners must be pre-paid. Tue. 6 p.m. $20 (adults), $10 (kids 4-12), free (ages 3 and under). Trastevere, 1360 Third St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.

OHR HATORAH CELEBRATION

The congregation’s religious school kids take the stage for a holiday musical performance. The Ohr HaTorah band also performs. Dinner included. Tue. 6 p.m. Ohr HaTorah Congregation, 11827 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 915-5200. ohrhatorah.org.

COMMONS AT CALABASAS

Menorah lighting, fireworks, music, jelly donuts, latkas and more. Tue. 6:30 p.m. Free. The Commons at Calabasas, 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas. (818) 724-7485. calabasasshul.org/chanuka-ceremony.


WED | DEC 12

“FINDING THE LIGHT…THE SPIRITUALITY OF DARK DAYS”

Come for an evening of food and wisdom as Rabbi Mark Borovitz teaches about using the light of the Maccabees to fend off the darkness in our world. Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free (RSVP by Dec. 5). Beit T’Shuvah. 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. beittshuvah.org.


THU | DEC 13

NORTHRIDGE FASHION CENTER

Enjoy a public menorah lighting and holiday festivities on the upper-level, near Ben Bridge Jeweler. Sponsored by Temple Ahavat Shalom. 6:30 p.m. Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge. northridgefashioncenter.com.

LIGHT THE NIGHT

Enjoy a community Chanukah celebration, live music and a latke dinner. Thu. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $25 (adult), $18 (ages 3-13), free (ages 0-2). Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.

BINA LA HANUKKAH BALL

Enjoy jelly donuts and chocolate gelt at a holiday dessert table, create lasting memories with photo booth fun, enjoy libations at the open bar (8-10 p.m.) and prepare for many more surprises. Bring a new and unwrapped toy for charity and enter to win prizes. Ages 25-45. Thu. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $18 (pre-sale), $35 (door). Leonardo’s, 831 S. La Brea Blvd., Los Angles. binala.org/bina-events/hanukkah-ball-2012.


SAT | DEC 15

CHANUKAH DINNER DANCE

Makom Ohr Shalom’s celebration features latkes, chef Rico Mandel in the kitchen and music by D.J. Franky Dee. Sat. 7:30-11:30 p.m. $20. Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. (818) 725-7600. makom.org/chanukah_dance_2012_R1.pdf.


SUN | DEC 16

CHINESE FOOD AND LATKES

A Chinese food buffet and book signing with Rabbi Joshua Paul, author of “A Kosher Christmas,” are among the highlights. Sun. 4-6 p.m. $20. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 11611 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wbtla.org.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Dec. 8-14, 2012


SAT DEC 8

Dana Berger and Dan Toren

Singer-songwriter Berger is likened to an Israeli Joni Mitchell. Toren is an acclaimed songwriter behind some of Israel’s biggest pop hits. The two appear together for an acoustic performance at The Mint. Sat. 9:30 p.m. $45 (presale), $50 (door). The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (408) 318-7143. broshproductions.com.


SUN DEC 9 

Kugl Kukh-Off

Calling all kugel aficionados! Whether it’s sweet or savory, the kugel is the ultimate in Jewish-American culinary creativity when it comes to the holiday or family gathering. Today, bring your best kugel (or your favorite tasting fork) to Yiddishkayt’s third quadrennial Kugl Kukh-Off. Part of the Silverlake Independent JCC’s annual Festival of Lights, which features live entertainment and fun for the entire family. Kugel drop-off and registration starts at 11 a.m. and tasting begins at noon. Sun. noon-3 p.m. Kugl Kukh-Off: $2 (all the kugel you can eat and judge). Festival of Lights: free (adults), $15 (children). Silverlake Independent JCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 389-8880. yiddishkayt.org.

 

L.A. Clippers Jewish Heritage Day

Celebrate Chanukah with the Clippers as they square off against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Pregame warm-ups include a menorah lighting and a Q-and-A with rabbis. The Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble performs at halftime. Your Chanukah gift from the Clippers: a free T-shirt. Sun. 10:30 a.m. (pre-game), 12:30 p.m. (game time). $20-$62. Staples Center, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 742-7503. lajewishchamber.com.

 

A Holiday Celebration of Jewish Stories

Veteran actors Robert Lesser, Richard Fancy, Orson Bean and others bring to life stories by Saul Bellow, Sholem Aleichem, Grace Paley and Bernard Malamud, tracing the modern history of the Jews through fiction. The program includes Bellow’s “A Wen,” Aleichem’s “She Must Marry a Doctor,” Paley’s “The Loudest Voice” and Malamud’s “The Jewbird.” Directed and compiled by Matt Gottlieb. Sun. 2 p.m.; Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. $20. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-8392. pacificresidenttheatre.com.


MON DEC 10 

Wabash Saxons

Made up of former residents of Boyle Heights and Theodore Roosevelt High School alumni, this social club meets today for its 60th semi-annual luncheon. Former L.A. District Attorney Gil Garcetti appears as guest speaker. Mon. Noon. Free (lunch not included). Taix French Restaurant, 1911 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP to (310) 459-3620.


TUE DEC 11

Ronna & Beverly 

Ronna Glickman (Jessica Chaffin) and Beverly Ginsburg (Jamie Denbo) are America’s favorite 50-something Jewish mothers. Between them they have seven marriages, three children, some step-kids they never talk about and a best-selling book, “You’ll Do a Little Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Re-marriage for Jewish Singles.” Tue. 8 p.m. $10. Upright Citizens Brigade, 5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.


THU DEC 13

Zubin Mehta 50th Anniversary Concert

Celebrating 50 years since he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, world-renowned maestro Mehta conducts the L.A. Phil in a performance of Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Hindemith’s Symphony: Mathis der Maler and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director for life, Mehta has demonstrated solidarity with the Jewish state throughout his celebrated career. Through Dec. 16. Thu. 8 p.m. $54.50-$187. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.


FRI DEC 14

Harry Shearer and Judith Owen

Actor-satirist Shearer (KCRW’s “Le Show,” “The Simpsons”) and his singer-songwriter wife, Owen, host “An Evening of Holiday Music and Mirth,” which began as an annual gathering for family and friends but soon grew too large to host at the couple’s home. Mixing traditional and nontraditional holiday music, the public performances have drawn such celebrity guests as Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Weird Al Yankovic and Shearer collaborator Christopher Guest. Who knows who will turn up this year? Fri. 8 p.m. $50. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 27–Nov 2, 2012


SAT OCT 27

“Seeds of Resiliency”

Documentarian Susan Polis Schutz’s new film introduces us to 12 diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having hope and helping others, including a Holocaust survivor who believes that “the worst can bring out the best in us,” a man who escaped war-torn Uganda and now assists other refugees, and a Korean professor who became a quadriplegic but does not consider himself unfortunate. Sat. Various times. $5. Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

SUN OCT 28

“Midrashic Mirrors”

An art exhibition and panel discussion marks the completion of “Midrashic Mirrors: Creating Holiness in Imagery and Intimacy,” a book project developed by a group of female artists and writers at Temple Israel of Hollywood, which illustrates how the creative process animates the nexus between Torah and our personal lives. A wine, cheese and dessert reception kicks off the festivities, followed by a walk-through of the installation. Afterward, Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh facilitates a discussion with the project’s authors and artists. The event concludes with a first-edition book signing and sale, with proceeds benefiting Temple Israel’s education scholarships. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.

Propositions Party

Are you confused about the propositions? Temple Kol Tikvah holds a nonpartisan forum for California voters to learn about of the issues on the Nov. 6 ballot. Speakers present the pro and con positions on all 11 of the state propositions, which include tax initiatives to fund schools, labeling of genetically modified food, three-strikes reform, an end to the death penalty and increased penalties for human trafficking. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.

“Unbroken Spirit”

Former Soviet refusenik Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, who at the age of 22 attempted to hijack a plane to the West to raise awareness about the desperate plight of Soviet Jews, discusses and signs the newly released English translation of his memoir, “Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival.” Sun. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. museumoftolerance.com/unbrokenspirit.

MON OCT 29

“Jewish Values and the 2012 Ballot”

IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous and Rabbi Ronit Tsadok, American Jewish University’s Rabbi Aryeh Cohen and leaders of social justice organization Bend the Arc discuss the November ballot initiatives through a Jewish lens, addressing what Jewish tradition says about the death penalty, criminal justice and income equality. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870, (323) 761-8350. ikar-la.org, bendthearc.us/events.

TUE OCT 30

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Schubert’s Symphony No. 3, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony
No. 1. Pianist Yuja Wang also appears. Tue. 8 p.m. $47-$156. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.

THU NOV 1

“Rita in Concert: A Celebration of My Roots”

Israel’s diva reconnects with her Iranian roots and brings a world-music experience to UCLA as part of her U.S. tour. Rita performs selections from her latest album, “My Joys,” which features contemporary renditions of classic Iranian songs, blending Tel Aviv-inspired club music, pop and gypsy sounds with Farsi lyrics. Sponsored by the Iranian American Jewish Federation. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $35-$200. UCLA campus, Royce Hall, 240 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. cap.ucla.edu

Pete Wilson and Gray Davis

Former Govs. Wilson and Davis discuss Propositions 30 and 38, initiatives on the November election ballots that promise to raise additional money for K-12 education and community colleges. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles and Journal columnist, moderates. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. wisela.org.

FRI NOV 2

2012 Kindertransport Association Conference

The Kindertransport Association, a nonprofit that unites children Holocaust refugees of the Kindertransport rescue movement with their descendants, hosts “Generation to Generation: Honoring the Legacy, Transforming the Future,” a three-day biennial international gathering. Workshops and speakers explore the legacy of the Kindertransports, a rescue movement that took place on the eve of World War II and saved nearly 10,000 German, Austrian and Czech children. Fri. 7 p.m. Through Nov. 4. $330 (Kindertransport Association members), $370 (general). Includes two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, programs and complimentary shuttle from John Wayne International Airport. Hotel registration: $99 per night (single or double occupancy). Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Van Karman Ave., Irvine. (516) 938-6084. kindertransport.org

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 13-19, 2012


SUN OCT 14

 

11th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Dedicated to the life and memory of journalist Daniel Pearl, this October music month features concerts across the globe, including today’s performance of “Songs of Salomone Rossi: Harmony for Humanity” by Tesserae at Contrapuntal Recital Hall in Brentwood. Other concerts include Ray Dewey (Oct. 16); Chabad-hosted Hakafot (Oct. 20); the Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble (Oct. 21); the Kadima String Quartet (Oct. 24 & 28); the UCLA Philharmonia (Oct. 25); the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Choir (Oct. 26); Cantor Ruti Braier, the Orange County Wind Ensemble and conductor William Nicholls (Oct. 26); the Harmony Project and the West Los Angeles Branch of the Music Student Services League (Oct. 28); Yuval Ron, Russell Steinberg, Mitchell Newman and Hazzan Mike Stein (Oct. 29); and Conductor Noreen Green of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Cantor Magda Fishman and Cantor Marcus Feldman (Oct. 30). Through Oct. 31. For information about other Daniel Pearl World Music Days performances, visit danielpearlmusicdays.org.

 

30 Years After Civic Action Conference

The Iranian-American Jewish group’s third biennial conference explores the imperative of civic participation and community leadership from the Iranian-American Jewish community. Speakers include Ambassador Dennis Ross, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Consul General of Israel David Siegel and former U.N. Ambassador Mark Wallace, the current CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran. The daylong conference will include a mayoral candidates forum; an organizational fair; and sessions on the future of the Middle East, Jewish life in Los Angeles, Israel and Iran, activism, political action and philanthropy. Sun. 9:30 a.m. (opening plenary), 7 p.m. (keynote gala dinner). $150 (includes glatt kosher breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception, community organization fair and gala dinner). Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., downtown. 30yearsafter.org.

TUE OCT 16

“Battle for Our Minds”

Michael Widlanski, a specialist in Arab politics and communication, appears in person to discuss his new book, “Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat,” and why America and the Jewish people remain prime targets of terrorists. A book signing follows. Tue. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. museumoftolerance.com.

WED OCT 17

“Deeply Rooted” and “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora”

An artists’ reception celebrates two exhibitions opening at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. “Deeply Rooted” explores the connection between the two primordial trees in the Garden of Eden while “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora” highlights the once-vibrant but rapidly fading world of Jewish shopkeepers. Wed. 5-7 p.m. (reception). Through Dec. 14 (“Deeply Rooted”). Through May 31 (“Photographic Visions”). Free. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 765-2106. huc.edu.

Mayoral Candidates Forum

Los Angeles mayoral candidates Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Council member Jan Perry and L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel discuss their positions on issues facing Los Angeles and participate in a Q-and-A with the audience. A meet-and-greet reception featuring local representatives within the public and private sectors precedes the candidates’ forum. Light refreshments served. Organized by Temple Isaiah’s Isaiah Continuing Enrichment program. Wed. 6-7 p.m. (meet and greet), 7:30-9 p.m. (mayoral candidates forum). Free. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico  Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com.

THU OCT 18

“The Other Son”

French-Jewish writer-director Lorraine Le-
vy’s family drama follows two young men — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10. Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (213) 368-1661. lajfilmfest.org.

FRI OCT 19

“Simon and the Oaks” 

Swedish director Lisa Ohlin’s epic drama portrays the situation of Jews in Sweden during World War II. Spanning the years 1939 to 1952, the film follows Simon, an intellectually gifted boy from a working-class family in Gothenburg who attends an upper-class grammar school. Soon he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. When Simon’s family takes in Isak, the boys’ households merge and connect in unexpected ways. Fri. Various times. $13 (general), $10 (matinees, seniors, children). Landmark Theatres, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-6291. landmarktheatres.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2012


[SAT SEPT 29]

MUSEUM DAY LIVE!

Smithsonian magazine hosts a free day at participating museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, The Grammy Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Autry National Center. Zimmer Children’s Museum, which is closed on Saturdays, will be open for Museum Day on Sunday, Sept. 30. Sat. Free (registration required, ticket information on Web site). Various times, locations. smithsonianmag.com/museumday.


[SUN SEPT 30]

 SUKKOT PICNIC

Join the Israeli Leadership Council, MATI and Mitchabrim — organizations dedicated to strengthening the Israeli-American community — at this folksy Sukkot festival. Arts and crafts, Israeli folk dancing, sukkah decorating, kids’ activities and more make it a can’t-miss event for the entire family. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 466-6454. jewishla.org.

11TH ANNUAL WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR

West Hollywood’s celebration of the written word features more than 220 authors and artists. Speakers include “Saturday Night Live” alum Rachel Dratch (“Girl Walks Into a Bar”) and comedy writer David Misch (“Funny: The Book”); Journal columnist Bill Boyarsky (“Inventing L.A.”); political commentators Robert Scheer (“The Great American Stickup”) and Nancy L. Cohen (“Delirium”); novelists David Brin (“Existence”), Seth Greenland (“The Angry Buddhist”), Tod Goldberg (“Living Dead Girl”), Gregg Hurwitz (“The Survivor”), Stephen Jay Schwartz (“Beat”) and Jerry Stahl (“Pain Killers”); and children’s writers Amy Goldman Koss (“Side Effects”) and Eugene Yelchin (“Breaking Stalin’s Nose”). Attend writer’s workshops, poetry readings and performances, and peruse more than 75 exhibitor booths featuring publishers, booksellers and writing groups. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (includes admission, shuttle and parking). West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. westhollywoodbookfair.org.


[MON OCT 1]

“VOICES UNITED”

Comedian Sarah Silverman joins actor Russell Brand and singer-songwriters Catie Curtis and Mary Gauthier in headlining this Americans United concert in support of church-state separation. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $25 (standing room), $50 (rear orchestra), $100 (front orchestra). El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. au.org/voices-united-la-tickets.


[TUE OCT 2]

MAC MILLER

YouTube clips of the Pittsburgh native effortlessly freestyling are viral classics, and his records — including debut album “Blue Slide Park” — showcase Miller’s knack for lacing his rhymes with humor. The 20-year-old rapper makes a stop in Los Angeles as part of his Macadelic Tour. Hip-hop act Travis Porter and rapper YG also perform. Tue. 8 p.m. $30-$35. Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. (213) 763-6030. nokiatheatrelalive.com.


[THU OCT 4]

“IS ALTRUISM A WONDER DRUG?”

David Levinson, Big Sunday executive director and author of “Everybody Helps, Everybody Wins,” joins bioethicist Stephen Post (“The Hidden Gifts of Helping”) and Stanford University School of Medicine neurosurgery professor James Doty in a discussion about the latest in medical science and altruism. They draw on recent studies that found that frequent volunteering among older adults led to reduced risk of an early death, and that nonvolunteers were more likely than volunteers to experience a major illness. Moderated by Lisa Aliferis, editor of KQED health policy and public health blog “State of Health.” Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. zocalopublicsquare.org.

“RECOVERED VOICES”

L.A. Opera music director James Conlon’s concert series restores two generations of composers that were wiped off the map by the Third Reich. Tonight’s chamber music concert features performances of lost works by Austrian composers Alexander von Zemlinsky, Arnold Schoenberg and Franz Schreker; and Czech composer and pianist Erwin Schulhoff. Pacific Trio and friends accompany Conlon. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $37-$65. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.

 

“UNAUTHORIZED: THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN PROJECT”

Documentarian Barry Avrich’s latest film offers an unflinching portrait of Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of the Weinstein Co. and Miramax Films. Avrich turns to Martin Scorsese, James Ivory, John Irving and others to examine the influence that Weinstein holds in Hollywood. A post-screening Q-and-A with Avrich follows. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10 (general), $7 (LACMA members, seniors, students). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: August 3-10, 2012


SAT | AUG 4

“THE MUSIC OF JEWISH COMPOSERS”
The ninth annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival features the world premiere of composer Assaf Rinde’s “Meditation on a Sephardic Theme,” performed by guitarist Edward Trybek. Mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin and pianist Jean-David Coen perform pieces by composers Gerald Cohen, Stephen Richards, Max Janowski, Richard Neumann and Daniel Akiva. Pianist Coen performs Joseph Achron’s “Hebrew Melody” with violinist Limor Toren-Immerman as well as Alexander von Zemlinsky’s “Trio in D Minor, Opus 3” with clarinetist Gary Gray and cellist Stephen Green. Festival runs through Aug. 12. Sat. 8 p.m. $25 (general), $15 (seniors, students and Temple Emanuel members). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 779-7622. bhmusicfestival.org, panoramaticket.com.

THE BANGLES
Best known for hits like “Manic Monday,” “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Eternal Flame,” the Bangles perform as part of the Pershing Square Downtown Stage Free Summer Concert Series. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson recently released their newest album, “Sweetheart of the Sun.” Alt-pop band Right the Stars also performs. Sat. 8-11 p.m. Free. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. (213) 847-4970. laparks.org/pershingsquare.


SUN | AUG 5

“JEWISH HOMEGROWN HISTORY FILM DAY”
The Skirball screens four documentaries that address the richness, complexity and inherent contradictions of the Jewish experience in the modern age. “The Family Album” draws on home movies to capture American family life from the 1920s through the 1950s. In “The Hunky Blues —The American Dream,” Jewish Hungarian filmmaker Peter Forgács uses home movies and archival footage to explore the immigration of Hungarians to America. While tracing the roots of her family, filmmaker Jacqueline Levitin discovers the 1,000-year-old history of a Chinese-Jewish community in Kaifeng in “Mahjong and Chicken Feet.” And while documenting the life of Chasidic Jews living in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, urban anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff documents her conversion to Orthodox Judaism as she copes with her imminent death from cancer, in “Her Own Time — The Final Fieldwork of Barbara Myerhoff.” Sat. 11 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

MAGGIE ANTON
Author of the acclaimed “Rashi’s Daughters” series appears at Beth Chayim Chadashim tonight to celebrate the release of her new novel, “Rav Hisda’s Daughter, Book I: Apprentice,” which follows talmudic sage Hisda’s beautiful and learned daughter Hisdadukh. Derailed by a series of tragedies, Hisdadukh must decide if her path lies in the way of sorcery, despite the peril. Klezmer music, food and scholarly words from Anton highlight this book launch. Books available for purchase. Sun. 6 p.m. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.


WED | AUG 8

“JEWISH COMEDY NIGHT: COAST 2 COAST”
Comedians Wayne Federman (“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”), Kira Soltanovich (“Girls Behaving Badly”), Mark Schiff (Jewlarious), Avi Liberman (Comedy for Koby) and Laugh Factory regular Ian Edwards perform in one of two stand-up comedy shows on both coasts on the same night. Wed. 8 p.m. $20 (advance), $25 (door). Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-1336. jspace.com/allevents.


THU | AUG 9

ORQUESTRA SARABIA
Blending traditional Jewish and Arabic songs with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Cuban composer and percussionist Roberto Juan Rodriguez’s 10-piece ensemble of Cuban, Jewish and Arabic musicians performs tonight at the Skirball. Part of the museum’s “Sunset Concerts” live music series. Arrive early to dine under the stars, tour the Skirball’s galleries and explore the museum’s architecture and hillside setting. Thu. 8 p.m. Free (concert), $10 (parking per car, cash only). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


FRI | AUG 10

“NOBODY LIKES JEWS WHEN THEY’RE WINNING”
Playwright Maia Madison’s comedy follows interfaith couple Sarah and Patrick, who want to get married and live happily ever after, so long as Sarah’s Jewish family never finds out. Examining the ways in which Jews are portrayed in Hollywood and how pervasive these stereotypes are, the play explores the larger themes of family, intimacy and self-determination. Part of the Open Fist Theatre Company’s fourth annual First Look Festival, a celebration of contemporary theater. Fri. Through Sept. 8. 8 p.m. $20. Open Fist Theatre Company, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 882-6912. openfist.org.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 28 – August 2, 2012


SAT | JULY 28

“SACRED/SAUCY”
Tonight’s tasty and spiritual shindig features a taco truck, beer, stories and Havdalah. Afterward, a talented local lineup of queer and ally poets, musicians and storytellers perform. Organized by East Side Jews, the Jewish Federation’s Young Adults of Los Angeles and JQ International. Sat. 7 p.m. $10. Private residence, 2138 Baxter St., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. eastsidejews.com.

“THE BIG LEBOWSKI”
When a case of mistaken identity draws Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski into a kidnapping scheme, he enlists the help of bowling buddy Walter Sobchak (“I don’t roll on Shabbos!”) in the Coen brothers’ L.A. noir comedy. Attendees bring picnic dinners, drinks (alcohol permitted), pillows and blankets for this screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, part of the summer series Cinespia Presents. A DJ spins records before and afterward. All ages welcome. Sat. 7:30 p.m. (door), 9 p.m. (show). $10. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. cinespia.org.

“INSIGHT: THE HATE SYNDROME”
“The Hate Syndrome,” a rare 1966 episode of Emmy-winning religious anthology series “Insight,” explores anti-Semitism via a dark morality tale about a violent confrontation between an elderly Hebrew teacher and an unstable former pupil who has become a neo-Nazi. Written by “Twilight Zone” and “Night Gallery” creator Rod Serling, “The Hate Syndrome” screens along with “A Carol for Another Christmas” — Serling’s 1964 Cold War update of “A Christmas Carol” — and a trailer for “Seven Days in May,” Serling’s 1964 film that pits the president against the U.S. military. Part of “Rod Serling: Other Dimensions,” a retrospective of Serling’s contributions to television and cinema that feature his hard-edged narratives, psychologically driven characters and humanist take on controversial issues. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $10. Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 462-4921. cinema.ucla.edu.
 
“FASCINATING RHYTHM: THE MUSIC OF GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN”
“I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Nice Work, If You Can Get It” will be among the hits performed by local talent during Spotlight the Arts’ fourth annual summer cabaret. Performers include Boston Conservatory students Taylor Shubert, Paige Berkovitz and Rachel Hirschfield; Point Park University student Jenny Lester; and College-Conservatory of Music student Dylan Shubert. Sat. 8 p.m. $12 (general), $10 (seniors, students), $6 (children, 10 and under). Calabasas Library Amphitheatre, 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. (818) 436-0530. spotlightthearts.org.


 
SUN | JULY 29

“THE VALDERAMA SISTERS” AND “MY OWN TELENOVELA”
Today’s double feature at the Skirball includes two films that provide vastly different views on the relationship between Israel and Latin America. “The Valderama Sisters” follows former Catholics who seek a path to Judaism and Israel, while “My Own Telenovela” accompanies a filmmaker who leaves Israel and travels back to his native Argentina to care for family members. Part of the Skirball’s annual film series “Documentos.” Sun. 2 p.m. $6 (general), $5 (Skirball members, students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


 
TUE | JULY 31

YEFIM BRONFMAN
Israeli-American pianist Bronfman performs Johannes Brahms’ finger-busting “Piano Concerto No. 2,” which at 50 dramatic minutes has the length of a four-movement symphony. The program also features the Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Lionel Bringuier. A rendition of Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” rounds out the evening. Tue. 8 p.m. $1-$133. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.


 
THU | AUG 2

THE ALAEV FAMILY
Blending Central Asian, Turkish, Persian and Russian traditions as well as the Jewish music of Bukhara, the Israel-based multigenerational eight-member ensemble performs tonight at Skirball. Part of the museum’s “Sunset Concerts” live music series. Arrive early to dine under the stars, tour the Skirball’s galleries and explore the museum’s architecture and hillside setting. Thu. 8 p.m. Free (concert), $10 (parking per car, cash only). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

LOVEFEST
Dance, discover romance, and mingle in the moonlight during Jewlicious’ cocktail garden party in celebration of Tu b’Av, the Jewish holiday of love. A live performance by gypsy trio Kimera, aphrodisiac snacks and more highlight the festivities. Thu. 9 p.m.-midnight. $10 (advance), $15 (door). Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein’s private residence, 1134 S. Crest Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 21-27, 2012


SAT | JULY 21

“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE WITH MUSIC: SOMETHING OF SILVER”
“Hath not a Jew eyes?” Shylock pleads, reminding listeners that all people are equally human. The City of West Hollywood and Classical Theatre Lab present a family-friendly, contemporary musical version of Shakespeare’s tragic comedy, “The Merchant of Venice.” Tony Award-nominated Tony Tanner directs this upbeat, 90-minute adaptation featuring original songs and lyrics. Sat. Through July 29. 5 p.m. Free. Plummer Park, Great Hall Courtyard, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Also: Aug. 4-19. 4 p.m. Free. Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. RSVP, (323) 960-5691 or (323) 848-6496 (TTY). weho.org.


TUE | JULY 24

DANIEL SILVA
Art restorer and Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon is plunged into a world of spies, lovers, priests and thieves when he is called to investigate the death of a beautiful woman in Silva’s latest novel, “The Fallen Angel.” A best-selling novelist, Silva appears in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple. A book signing follows. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, Barad Hall, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.

“DESK SET”
Writer Amy Ephron introduces and provides insight into the 1957 Hepburn-Tracy classic, scripted by her screenwriter parents Phoebe and Henry Ephron. Two strong personalities — a reference librarian and an efficiency expert — clash over the computerization of a television network’s research department in this battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy. Don’t miss this discussion and screening, part of Skirball’s “Classic Film: The Write Stuff” series. Tue. 8 p.m. $6 (general), $5 (students), free (Skirball members). Advance reservations required. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


WED | JULY 25

YALA SUMMER SOIREE
Set on the pool deck of the newly renovated, luxurious Mr. C Beverly Hills, Young Adults of Los Angeles hosts its second annual Summer Soiree. Dress to impress during the Olympics-themed festivities by representing your favorite country or favorite athlete. Also, bring gently used sports equipment to donate to Kids in Sports Los Angeles — which provides high-quality, low-cost sports opportunities for underserved youth — to be entered to win raffle prizes. Wed. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $20 (advance), $25 (door). Admission includes one drink ticket and unlimited pictures in a photo booth. Mr. C Beverly Hills, 1224 S. Beverwil Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8324. jewishla.org/yala.

“YOUR VOICE: LEARNING TO LOBBY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
Aiming to empower individuals by equipping them with the tools to influence public policy, the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ advocacy department hosts a half-day workshop to train students, activists and multidisciplinary professionals in the art and craft of lobbying for social change. Abbe Land, mayor pro tempore of the City of West Hollywood and executive director of the Trevor Project — which provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth — delivers the keynote address, and social change experts lead breakout sessions. Wed. 8:30 a.m.-Noon. Free. National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8514. ncjwla.org.


THU | JULY 26

“DISTURBING TRENDS IN THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE”
This examination of current assaults to church-and-state separation — and how they affect you and your children — includes an interactive discussion led by Rabbi Jeffrey Marx, spiritual leader and teacher of Santa Monica Synagogue, and a presentation by John Suarez, chair of Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s education committee. Suarez reviews the threats religious organizations pose to governmental institutions. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St., Santa Monica. au-losangeles.org.

MEN’S NIGHT: SUMMER SCOTCH TASTING
Featuring hard-to-find single-malt whiskeys and tasty pairings, this local whiskey journey led by Scotch wizard Barry Kaye promises to be both delicious and inspirational. All proceeds support Jewlicious SummerFest, an upcoming weekend retreat of music, arts and Judaism. Thu. 8 p.m. $100 (suggested donation). Private home. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com.


FRI | JULY 27

“THE PRODUCERS”
Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning musical, based on his 1968 film, comes to the Hollywood Bowl. Down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Richard Kind) and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom (“Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson) concoct a get-rich scheme to bilk their investors out of millions by producing the most notorious flop in history. Tonight’s cast includes Roger Bart (Carmen Ghia), Gary Beach (Roger De Bris), Dane Cook (Franz Liebkind) and Rebecca Romijn (Ulla). Fri. Through July 29. 8 p.m. (Friday, Saturday), 7:30 p.m. (Sunday). $11-$164. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 14-19, 2012


SUN | JULY 15
DODGERS JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY
Matisyahu opens the 13th annual Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium with a pre-game concert on the field. After, enjoy a kosher nosh as you watch the boys in blue (and white) take on the San Diego Padres. Each ticket includes an exclusive Dodgers yarmulke. Sun. noon. $13-$30. Dodgers Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 224-4287. dodgers.com/jewish.


MON | JULY 16

MATISYAHU
Matisyahu performs tracks from his new album, “Spark Seeker,” at Amoeba Music. Produced by Kool Kojak and recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Israel, the new songs focus on spirit and body, including “I Believe in Love,” which mixes ancient traditional sounds with futuristic beats, and the soulful lead single, “Sunshine.” A signing is limited to the first 300 purchasers of “Spark Seeker” (one album per person), which is being made available one day early for this in-store event. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 245-6400. amoeba.com.

KLEZMER J.A.M.
Grab your clarinet, trombone, trumpet, guitar or accordion and channel the folk rhythms of Eastern Europe. Part of “J.A.M. (Jazz and Motivated) Sessions” at the Ford, today’s event features professional klezmer musicians teaching participants how to play klezmer songs on their own instruments. Afterward, everyone comes together to jam. Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.

SUSANNA HOFFS
Hoffs, lead singer of the Bangles, discusses and signs her new solo album, “Someday,” a song cycle that doubles as a musical love letter to the 1960s. Hoffs discusses her career and new album with Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli and performs songs with “Someday” producer Mitchell Froom. Mon. 8 p.m. $20. Grammy Museum, Clive Davis Theater, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown. (213) 765-6803. grammymuseum.org.


TUE | JULY 17

“THE GOLEM”
To protect his Jewish community from pogroms, a 16th century Prague rabbi uses Hebrew incantations to bring life to a monster made from clay in the kabbalistic 1920 silent horror classic, “The Golem: How He Came Into the World.” The film screens today at Cinefamily, and acclaimed guitarist Gary Lucas appears live to perform his original score. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $18. Silent Movie Theatre/Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2510. cinefamily.org.

MARC MARON
The stand-up comedian and podcaster (“WTF With Marc Maron”) brings his thought-provoking, honest and frequently laugh-out-loud act to Trepany House, a new multidisciplinary arts nonprofit at the Steve Allen Theater. Part of the summer series “Tuesdays With Maron,” the performance includes an hour of stand-up comedy. Tue. 8 p.m. $10. Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 666-4268. trepanyhouse.org.


WED | JULY 18

“CUBAN AND JEWISH: TWICE SURVIVORS”
Before Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, there were 15,000 Jews and five synagogues in Havana alone. Today, only about 1,500 Jews live in Cuba. Highlighting the connection between Jews and Cuba, the Skirball hosts a discussion with Havana historian Maritza Corrales Capestany, the foremost authority on the Jewish community of Cuba. On Thursday, the Skirball hosts a screening of “The Chosen Island,” a documentary scripted by Capestany and directed by Yassel Iglesias, which follows the rediscovery and revival of Jewish life in Cuba and explores questions about faith, resilience, strength and survival. A Q-and-A with the director follows. Lecture: Wed. 8 p.m. $6 (general), $5 (Skirball members, students). Film screening: Thu. 8 p.m. $6 (general), $5 (Skirball members, students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


THU | JULY 19

“DON’T TELL MY MOTHER!”
This witty “big gay show” features comics, actors and screenwriters sharing stories they’d never want their moms to know. Performers include David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”), Gary and Larry Lane (“Hollywood to Dollywood”), Jen Kober (“American Reunion,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Jimmy Ray Bennett (“Sleeping Beauty”) and Nikki Levy, a Fox film executive and creator of the show. Reflecting Levy’s queer, anything-goes sensibility, the stories examine sex, family dysfunction, therapy and more. Thu. 8 p.m. $15. Bang Comedy Theatre, 457 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. donttellmymother.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 7-13, 2012


SUN | JULY 8

“HAVA”
L.A. performance artist and avant-garde clown April Hava Shenkman channels the comedy queens of Hollywood’s golden age for advice and wisdom. Follow Shenkman’s pursuit of happiness in this one-woman, cabaret-style performance. Sun. Through July 29. 9-10 p.m. $10. Atwater Crossing, The Platform at ATX Kitchen, 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 284-8265. atwatercrossing.com.

MON | JULY 9

“AN EVENING WITH MAYIM BIALIK”
She’s a neuroscientist in real life and plays one on TV. The “Big Bang Theory” actress appears in conversation tonight with Huffington Post senior science writer Cara Santa Maria to discuss acting, the frontiers of brain research and the role of women in science. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown. zocalopublicsquare.org.

TUE | JULY 10

LEONARD SLATKIN
The seven-time Grammy winner opens the Tuesday Classics series at the Hollywood Bowl with a performance of Beethoven’s masterpiece “Symphony No. 9,” featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Gordon Gietz and bass-baritone Christian van Horn. A collaboration with the Getty Center features imagery by video artist Hermon Kolgen inspired by Gustav Klimt’s “Beethoven Frieze,” which will accompany the epic “Ode to Joy” finale. The evening includes contemporary works by composers Anna Clyne (“Rewind”), Anne LeBaron (“American Icons”) and Cindy McTee (“Tempus Fugit”). Tue. 8 p.m. $1-$133. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

WED | JULY 11

LEGENDARY BINGO BASH 2012
Join host Bingo-boy and a fabulous drag queen hostess tonight for Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, which benefits National Council of Jewish Women’s Women Helping Children. A full menu and bar provide fuel, and admission includes 10 regular and two grand-prize bingo game cards. Wed. 7-8:30 p.m. $20 (door, cash only). Hamburger Mary’s, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. RSVP, (323) 654-8275. ncjwla.org.

THU | JULY 12

BEIT T’SHUVAH CHARITY DESIGN PROJECT
Sleek and stylish renovations at Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center, include newly tiled floors, window treatments and refurbished vintage furniture, among the improvements to its 40-plus bedrooms. Today’s grand reveal and open house invites the community to celebrate the efforts of Designed From the Heart’s founding chair Heidi Bendetson, vice chair Rhonda Snyder and 70 volunteer designers, who donated time, services and money to remodel the recovery center — an extreme makeover that benefits the temporary home for 80 men and women. Hors d’oeuvres served. Thu. 6-9 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-6200. beittshuvah.org.

FRI | JULY 13

“LOST IN JOSHUA TREE”
In 2010, poet and real estate broker Ed Rosenthal took off on a two-hour hike in the Mojave Desert, lost his way and spent six days without food and water before being rescued. During tonight’s presentation, Rosenthal uses mixed media to recount his life-changing experience and Cindy Bousquet Harris reads from her collection of poems inspired by Rosenthal’s near-tragedy. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. beyondbaroque.org.

“STEPHEN SONDHEIM: IN CONVERSATION”
A masterful composer-lyricist, Sondheim appears in person and shares anecdotes about his life and career with Michael A. Kerker, musical theater director for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Broadway stars Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform some of Sondheim’s most beloved songs. Fri. 8 p.m. $35-$99. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org.

“INTO THE NIGHT: PLAYTIME”
Stay up late with the Skirball to celebrate music and games. Performances include indie folk band Sea Wolf, San Francisco’s synth-rock trio Geographer and KCRW’s DJ Anthony Valadez. Enjoy a museum-wide scavenger hunt, crafts with Julianna Parr of CraftNight at Akbar, balloon art, puppets, board games, experimental video games from UCLA’s Game Lab and a screening of French filmmaker Jacques Tati’s comedic masterwork “Play Time.” A cash bar features signature specialty cocktails. 21 and over. Fri. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: June 30 – July 6, 2012


SAT | JUNE 30

“OY”

When Jewish sisters Selma and Jenny agree to discuss their Holocaust experiences with the younger generation of Osnabrück, the German city of their youth, they’re flooded by emotions and memories. Back home in Paris, the 80-something sisters open up about the anti-Semitism that colored their past as they cook in the kitchen together. Written by Helene Cixous and directed by Georges Bigot. Don’t miss tonight’s U.S. premiere. Sat. Through July 28. 7 p.m. $20 (general), $15 (students and seniors). Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-4264. theactorsgang.com.

JUSTICE BALL XVI

DJ Jermaine Dupri knows talent. The producer-songwriter-rapper behind hip-hop indie label So So Def has collaborated with Mariah Carey, Nelly, Da Brat and Bow Wow, among others. Tonight, Dupri spins for Bet Tzedek’s annual fundraiser, now in its 16th year. DJ Chris Kennedy, a regular on the club circuit, opens. Sat. 9 p.m. $100 (general), $175 (VIP). The BookBindery Building, 8870 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (323) 939-0506. thejusticeball.org.

SUN | JULY 1

“GEORGE GERSHWIN: FROM BROADWAY TO CATFISH ROW”

Experience American treasures from the Gershwin songbook at Grand Performances, featuring pianists Alan Chapman and Victoria Kirsch, sopranos Karen Benjamin and Shana Blake Hill, tenor Haqumai Waring Sharpe and bass-baritone Cedric Berry. Sun. 8 p.m. Free. California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.

MON | JULY 2

BARRY MANILOW

Fanilows rejoice! The pop singer-songwriter behind the hits “Mandy,” “Copacabana,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “I Write the Songs,” “Can’t Smile” and more performs at the Bowl. Surviving the constant changes of the music biz, he remains a strong force in the world of adult contemporary. Tonight, Manilow aims to please during this holiday spectacular. The program also features fireworks, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Sarah Hicks. Mon. Through July 4. 7:30 p.m. $13-$220. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

TUE | JULY 3

“GUSTAV KLIMT: THE MAGIC OF LINE”

The Getty retrospective showcases the Viennese master’s fascination with the human figure. Featuring more than 100 drawings by the artist, including some never exhibited before in North America, “The Magic of Line” traces Klimt’s evolution from early academic realism and historical subjects in the 1880s to his celebrated Modernist icons that broke new ground in the early 20th century. Tue. Free. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.

SHOSHANA BEAN

The Broadway star (“Wicked,” “Hairspray”) and singer-songwriter appears in Los Feliz to perform songs from her second album, “The Offering.” Each ticket purchased comes with a signed copy of the upcoming album, due out in September. Tue. 9 p.m. $30-300. The Rockwell, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 661-6163. showatbarre.com.

WED | JULY 4

INDEPENDENCE DAY BARBECUE

The folks at JConnectLA, The Chai Center and AMIT host a party with food, music and good times at a private residence in Beverly Hills. Young professionals (ages 21-39) only. ID required. Wed. 2-6 p.m. $13 (advance, until July 2), $18 (door). 602 N. Whittier Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 391-7995. chaicenter.org/bbq.

THU | JULY 5

“ACROSS THE BLUE SEA”

An eclectic lineup of musicians, including the Yuval Ron Ensemble, vocalist Rabbi Hagai Batzri and Roma musicians Ferit Benli and Ali Durac, perform Israeli, Armenian, Greek and Turkish songs about the Mediterranean Sea during tonight’s concert. Israeli dancer Maya Karasso also performs. Presented by Mati. Thu. 8 p.m. $20 (advance), $30 (door). Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 612-8771. maticenter.com.

FRI | JULY 6

“TO ROME WITH LOVE”

Set in Italy, writer-director Woody Allen’s latest follows the stories of various people — some American, some Italian — and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. The ensemble cast includes Alec Baldwin as a writer revisiting the scenes of an old love; Jesse Eisenberg as a young man torn between his girlfriend (Greta Gerwig) and an aspiring actress (Ellen Page); Penelope Cruz as a woman of the streets; Roberto Benigni as an ordinary Roman contending with sudden fame; and Allen as an eccentric opera director who comes to Rome with his wife (Judy Davis). Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 12 and seniors). Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7, 6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills; Laemmle’s NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: June 16–22


SAT | JUNE 16

ALISHA ZALKIN
The L.A. musician’s forthcoming album, “March to a Different Beat,” takes its title from a song by Zalkin that highlights her grandparents’ flight from the Nazis. Tonight, the Jewish-Mexican singer-songwriter appears live to perform her blend of acoustic-pop, featuring breezy guitar and lyrics with positive messages. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $3. UnUrban, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056. alishazmusic.com.

“FIVE”
Israeli choreographer Tsofia Gal reflects on the stories of five courageous dancers who personify transformation through body and dance. Premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the performance combines movement, visuals and theater. Ages 18 and up. Sat. Noon. Additional performances on June 17, 23 and 24. $12. Artworks Theatre, 6567-6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 871-1912. hollywoodfringe.org.


SUN | JUNE 17

KATE BORNSTEIN
The gender activist discusses and signs copies of her new memoir, “A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today.” The comic, sad and revealing portrait of Bornstein’s journey of self-discovery begins with her Conservative Jewish childhood in New Jersey and ends in Seattle, where she became a rising star in the lesbian community. Sun. 3 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

“THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT”
Inspired by the title story of Dr. Oliver Sacks’ book on neurological disorder case studies, this chamber opera explores the world of a gifted musician stricken with visual agnosia. Although he sees colors, lines, boundaries, simple shapes, patterns and movements, he is no longer able to recognize people, places or common objects. Featuring a minimalist score that dramatizes the borderlands of the human psyche, Michael Nyman’s neurological opera highlights the protagonist’s tactic of putting actions to music to return sense to his shattered world. Sun. 7 p.m. Additional performances on June 24. $29-$150. Long Beach Opera, Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 432-5934. longbeachopera.org.


MON | JUNE 18

“FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: TOOLS FOR JEWS FIGHTING RACISM AND INEQUALITY”
Bend the Arc — formerly the Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice — hosts a discussion about segregation and inequalities in education, housing, health care and the job market. Social justice activist Paul Kivel examines what it means to stand with people of color in the struggle for racial justice. Mon. 7-9 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8350. bendthearc.us.

SEYMOUR STEIN: “ICONS OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY”
Stein, co-founder and chair of Sire Records, appears in conversation with Scott Goldman, vice president of the Grammy Foundation. The label’s creative driving force, Stein signed Madonna, Talking Heads, the Ramones, the Smiths and Depeche Mode. A Q-and-A and a performance by Stein’s latest signing, alt-rock band Delta Rae, follow. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $15. Grammy Museum, Clive Davis Theater, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown. (213) 765-6803. grammymuseum.org.


WED | JUNE 20

“EMMA INSTITUTE”
The National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles and the Emma Fellowship present “Advancing Your Career and Community Goals,” a one-time skills development and networking workshop that aims to increase the credibility and visibility of Jewish women. Highlights of today’s program include a moderated panel with TV writer-producer Amy Straus (“Friends,” “Grounded for Life”) and Julie Gertler, CEO and founder of community relations firm Consensus Inc.; opportunities to dialogue with influential women leaders; and collaborative learning with women across generations. Wed. 6:30-9 p.m. $18 (includes dinner). NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. ncjwla.org, emmafellowship.org.


FRI | JUNE 22

“SAY THE WORD: THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY”
Hollywood writers, actors, comics and producers share stories about winning, losing and playing by their own rules. Hosted by comedian Beth Lapides (“Un-Cabaret”), this lounge-style reading series returns to the Skirball for one night only. Featured readers include actor Bill Brochtrup (“Dexter”), writer-actor Dan Bucatinsky (“Web Therapy”), actor-writer Wayne Federman (“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”), stand-up comedian and author Moshe Kasher (“Kasher in the Rye”), and executive producers Jon Kinnally (“Will & Grace”) and Peter Mehlman (“Seinfeld”). Ages 21 and up. Fri. 8 p.m. $15 (general), $10 (Skirball members), $8 (full-time students). Cocktails and light fare available for purchase. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.