Holiday preview calendar
[FRI | NOV 23]
“BODIES AND SHADOWS: CARAVAGGIO AND HIS LEGACY”
Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s paintings exhibited a strangeness, beauty and raw emotion that made him one of the most popular artists of the 16th and 17th centuries. The “Bodies and Shadows” exhibition covers the evolution of his style and features eight works by Caravaggio as well as pieces from approximately 20 artists from Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands who carried on Caravaggio’s legacy. Fri. Through Feb. 10. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday). $15 (general), $10 (seniors, students), free (children under 18). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org.
[TUE | NOV 27]
“A PATCHWORK OF CULTURES: THE SEPHARDIC-LATINO CONNECTION”
Buenos Aires native and Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue Cantor Marcelo Gindlin performs Spanish-Jewish melodies during this day of musical education. Organized by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Educational Outreach Program for fourth- through sixth-graders, the event also features an instrument “petting zoo.” Tue. 11 a.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 436-5260. lajewishsymphony.com.
[FRI | NOV 30]
ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT
Winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture’s outstanding ensemble award, the Israeli Chamber Project — featuring clarinetist Tibi Cziger, cellist Brook Speltz and pianist Assaff Weisman — perform selections by composers Max Bruch, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Catered artists reception included. Fri. 8 p.m. $65-$85. Doheny Mansion, Pompeian Room, 8 Chester Place, Los Angeles. (213) 477-2929. israelichamberproject.org.
[SAT | DEC 1]
He yells so you don’t have to. Best-known for his curmudgeonly commentaries on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Black returns to SoCal with more social and political rants. Sat. 8 p.m. $39.50-$49.50. Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
[SUN | DEC 2]
“THE GUYS AND DOLLS OF BROADWAY AND THE SHOWS THAT MADE THEM FAMOUS”
Musical troupe The Great Broadway Sing-Along performs show tunes and trivia from the Great White Way’s biggest shows, including “Gypsy,” “Hair,” “Jersey Boys,” “Chicago,” “Cabaret,” “Mamma Mia,” “Lion King,” “South Pacific,” “West Side Story” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Sun. 4 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. ajula.edu.
[TUE | DEC 4]
Known as the Jerry Seinfeld of French comedy, Elmaleh appears at Largo for back-to-back nights. Born in Casablanca, the Sephardi comedian was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by France’s minister of culture in 2006, and he was voted the funniest person in France in 2007. As an actor, he’s appeared in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and voiced Ben Salaad in Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin.” Tue. Through Dec. 5. 8 p.m. $60. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.
[THU | DEC 13]
Contributor to The New Yorker, Time and The Nation, Trillin appears in conversation with stand-up comedy icon Paula Poundstone. Renowned for his food writing, political poetry and comic novels, Trillin examines the 2012 presidential campaign in his forthcoming book of political limericks, “Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.” Thu. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.
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.
[SUN | DEC 16]
DAVE KOZ & KENNY LOGGINS
The Grammy-nominated saxophonist appears in concert with singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, whose hits include “Celebrate Me Home,” “This Is It,” “I’m Alright” and “Footloose.” The pair perform holiday standards for 94.7 The Wave’s Christmas Concert. Raised in a household that celebrated Chanukah, Koz embraces Christmas the way many Jewish musicians do — through song. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $49.50-$124.50. Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown. (213) 763-6030. nokiatheatrelalive.com.
[SUN | DEC 23]
“CHRISTMAS TIME FOR THE JEWS”
Comedian Eric Schwartz (aka Smooth-E) performs at Flappers Comedy Club’s night of holiday laughs. Known for high-energy blends of stand-up, music and video, Schwartz puts wacky, Jewy spins on popular hip-hop songs (“Honika Electronica,” “Hanukkah Hey Ya” and “Crank That Kosher Boy”). Sun. 7 p.m. $15. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia St., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. flapperscomedy.com.
[FRI | DEC 28]
Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman makes his 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. Fri. Various times, prices and locations. bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/quartet.
[MON | DEC 31]
NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH IDINA MENZEL
The Tony Award-winning actress (“Wicked”), singer and songwriter rings in the New Year with two performances of her new live show. A Long Island native, Menzel has come a long way since summers in the Catskills: She performed at the White House for a PBS special and has had a recurring guest spot on the hit television show “Glee.” Mon. 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m. $68.50-$191. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.