Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 25–31
SAT MAY 25
Jewish Women’s Theatre sets the record straight about Jewish mothers in this new salon show featuring stories, poems, memoirs and songs. Performers include Shelly Goldstein, Annie Korzen and Monica Piper. Dessert reception and post-show Q-and-A included. Through May 26. Sat. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25-$35. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. jewishwomenstheater.org.
Rochelle is in the midst of a midlife crisis, feeling lost and alone — until she takes a Flamenco class. Her immersion into Spanish music, song and dance takes her on a journey of sisterhood, faith and discovery in the world premiere of writer Stephen Sachs’ new comedy-drama. Sat. Through July 14. 8 p.m. (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sunday). $34, $25 (students, seniors – Thursday and Friday only). The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-1525. fountaintheatre.com.
SUN MAY 26
In Magid’s new novel, “Sown in Tears,” Leah Peretz is trying to survive life on the Pale of Settlement in 1905 czarist Russia. She must defend her children following a brutal attack on her village and deal with the advances of a Russian officer who is attracted to her despite his antipathy toward the Jews. Magid, a founding member of the MorningStar Commission, a group of industry women who advocate for a more accurate portrayal of Jewish women in film and TV, discusses her book and signs copies during this Local Authors Day event, which also features Robert Diemer and Barbara Jacobs. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Coloroado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. vromansbookstore.com.
MON MAY 27
Remembrance services for veterans take place countywide. Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary hosts VA Greater Los Angeles’ Rabbi Barbara Sachs Speyer and Bea Cohen, who at 103 is the state’s oldest living female veteran; Groman Eden Mortuary’s gathering with Jewish War Veterans of the USA-Post 603 features a keynote presentation, reading and special tribute to Jewish-American veterans; and Conejo Mountain Memorial Park’s “Lest We Forget” includes a flag ceremony, live music and a memorial wreath tribute. Mon. Hillside: 10 a.m. Free. Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 576-1994. hillsidememorial.org. Groman: 11 a.m. Free. Groman Eden Mortuary, 11500 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills. (800) 522-4875. Conejo Mountain: 11 a.m. Free. Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo. (805) 482-1959. conejomountain.com.
TUE MAY 28
“LIGHT OUT OF THE DARKNESS”
Last winter, UCLA students interviewed Holocaust survivors and documented their experiences through audio narratives and photographs for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Student Andrew Rosenstein’s photos serve as the basis of UCLA Hillel’s new exhibition, “Light Out of the Darkness: Memories of the Holocaust.” Today’s opening includes a conversation between Rosenstein and Todd Presner, director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. Tue. 3:30-5 p.m. (opening). Free. Hillel at UCLA, 5764 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081. ucla.hillel.org.
WED MAY 29
“NOBODY DOES IT BETTER”
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, singer Melissa Manchester and Cantor Magda Fishman are the featured performers during Temple Beth Am’s communitywide concert gala. Honoring the philanthropic Ziering clan, the event also features a musical tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. Wed. 7 p.m. $75-$250. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. sabantheatre.org.
THU MAY 30
THE ISRAEL CONFERENCE
Bridging the shores of the Mediterranean and the Pacific, entrepreneurs, investors, executives and tech enthusiasts from around the world converge on this two-day annual gathering at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset to learn about Israeli businesses and discover the next big trend. The conference’s fifth year features more than 70 speakers from Israel-facing companies — Activision, IBM, Paramount Pictures, Qualcomm — discussing their successes, breakthrough technologies, markets, deals and exits. Program includes meals, networking opportunities and entertainment. Thu. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Through May 31. $345 (advance), $480 (door). Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-5388. theisraelconference.org.
FRI MAY 31
“NOW YOU SEE ME”
Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent and Dave Franco star in this caper flick written by Ed Solomon (“Men in Black) and filmmaker Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans”). The Four Horsemen, a team of the world’s greatest illusionists, stage daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances and then reward their audiences with money, all the while staying one step ahead of the law. Fri. Various times, prices and theaters. nowyouseememovie.com.
The Soviet refusenik, Israeli politician, author and human rights activist appears as Beth Jacob Congregation’s scholar-in-residence. Highlights of his visit include a community dinner and lecture on Friday as well as a Saturday afternoon community lunch and learn, where Sharansky appears in conversation with Jewish Federation of Los Angeles CEO and President Jay Sanderson. Through June 1. Fri. 7:45 p.m. (Friday night community dinner and lecture). Sat. 2 p.m. (lunch and learn). $28 (Friday night), $25 (adults, Saturday lunch and learn), $25 (children, Saturday lunch and learn). Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. RSVP required for dinner and lunch (310) 278-1911. bethjacob.org.