Sid Grauman honored, Anne Frank retold, French Pesach catered, Mamet debut


Saturday the 17th

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The UJ hosts a special benefit concert this evening, featuring the celebrated Biava Quartet, along with international concert pianist and Yale University Dean of Music Robert Blocker. Proceeds from the night’s performance will help the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, who will also perform. The funding will help the Chorale share Jewish music locally and abroad, such as in their upcoming summer tour to Eastern Europe.

7:30 p.m. $36. Gindi Auditorium of the University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (949) 412-2318.

Tuesday the 20th

Continuing at the Israel Film Festival this week, and next week at Laemmle’s Town Center 5, is Joel Blasberg and Arnie Pelt’s moving documentary, “Withdrawal From Gaza.” The filmmakers focus on the stories of a handful of settlers in depicting the story of Israel’s turbulent disengagement from Gush Katif.

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Wednesday the 21st

Reserve by Saturday, March 17 to enjoy a pre-holiday four-course French Passover meal. The Skirball’s executive chef, Sean Sheriday, prepares fennel-cured salmon; duck consommĂ© aux fines herbes; gala apple charoset with lavender honey and port; braised veal shank with wild mushrooms and red wine reduction; and a flourless chocolate soufflĂ© cake with molten hazelnut center, served with pistachio macaroons. All food and wines are kosher, and guests will receive a recipe packet to take home.

$65-$75 (general), $80-$90 (with wine). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399. ‘ target=’_blank’>www.cjff.org.

Friday the 23rd

An old writer, a young writer and a lovingly acerbic cleaning woman create the drama in David Mamet’s “Squirrels,” opening tonight at Miles Memorial Playhouse. The elder writer, played by James Harper (of various Broadway credits), suffers from writer’s block, and enlists the help of the younger writer, played by “Gamers'” Ben Messmer, for inspiration. “NewsRadio’s” Vicki Lewis offers her brutal wisdom as the cleaning woman.

$25-$37.50. Through April 29. 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (866) 811-4111. Barry Frydlender: from camera obscurity to MOMA