Every year now, in the midst of apples and honey and family recipes and the sweet new beginnings of Rosh HaShanah, I am already looking ahead to Yom Kippur, thinking of the first Yizkor book in which my mother’s name was included and the first Yizkor service in which I, too, was among those mourning a parent. Every Rosh HaShanah reminds me, again, of how every year since that first year, the High Holy Days have been connected to her yahrzeit and private, personal mourning and memories and to the first Yizkor service of the new year. Every High Holy Days brings me the opportunity to remember and mourn publicly, with those newly-bereaved, as I was that year, and with those who have learned, as I have, that there is a beautiful balance between sadness and comfort when we acknowledge our griefs in community.
Of course, I knew long before my mother’s death that the ten days of the Yamin Noramim—the Days of Awe—are filled with reminders of the brevity and uncertainty of life. The liturgies of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur reiterate the reality of our mortality. The Unatana tokef prayer, especially, uses graphic images to remind us of our reality: that even as we wish one another to be inscribed and sealed for a good year, we really have no idea what sorrows and joys await us. But the year that she was diagnosed and we were told that she would not survive more than a few months—and in fact died within weeks—was the first Rosh HaShanah that I had just buried a loved one, and, I think, the first time I understood the Unatana tokef.
Every year since that year, the High Holy Days make me more aware, again, of mortality. Of course, they are supposed to. The High Holy Days are intended to be awesome; they are infused with a sense of urgency that encourages us to not engage in denial, to not postpone, to not avoid difficult conversations and decisions. In heightening our awareness that life ends and that there is never enough time, the process of engaging in teshuvah—of turning, returning and being turned—is intended to disrupt us, to wake us up and shake us out of complacency. The High Holy Days push us to reflect on life’s big questions: who we are, what our purpose is, what our lives mean, how we want to be remembered.
For me, the season of the High Holy Days is also the time that I turn over garden soil, harvest the last of summer crops, plant winter vegetables, and rake up feathers from my molting chickens. I think of this as a naturally pensive time, the turning of the seasons reminding me that I’ve lived through another year and that so many have not. The timing of the High Holy Days means that the natural world itself reinforces the theme of turning and returning: summer has ended, the daylight is changing, leaves are turning colors and falling from trees, the Autumnal Equinox—which this year, in the Northern Hemisphere, took place on the second day of Rosh HaShanah—momentarily balances day and night as exact equals. I like to think of the Yom Kippur Yizkor, the first Yizkor of the year, as the liturgical equivalent of the Autumnal Equinox: the opportunity to balance sorrow with consolation, the past with the present, regret with hope, private remembrances with public commemoration. Perhaps that is the reason why even those who otherwise eschew synagogue attendance show up for Yizkor—because grieving alone is painful and grieving together to reminds us that so long as there is a Jewish community we are not alone.
Rabbi Janet Madden PhD was ordained by The Academy for Jewish Religion-California. She serves as the rabbi of Temple Havurat Emet and Providence Saint John’s Health Center and has been a student of the Gamliel Institute.
Rabbi Janet Madden
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In addition to two major premieres commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic from Bryce Dessner (half of indie rock favorite The National) and minimalist composer Philip Glass, there will be two string quartets and a performance of the piece responsible for making Caroline Shaw the youngest Pulitzer Prize winner for music. Both composers have worked with either Yiddish or biblical Hebrew in past pieces and have been recognized for their huge impact on the international music scene. 8 p.m. $65-$112. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grande Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
SAT | JUNE 6
“I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT”
It’s the last Saturday night performance of the play adaptation of the hilarious book by Annabelle Gurwitch. Performed by Gurwitch herself and directed by Bart DeLorenzo, “I See You Made An Effort” asks: Is it possible to enjoy just one night off from the indignities put upon a woman of a certain age? Gurwitch’s work can also be found in the Los Angeles Times, Glamour, Los Angeles Magazine and more. Get your laugh going, or at least, make an effort. Ticket price includes a copy of the book! 6 p.m. $25. Through June 8. Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 761-7061. THUR | JUNE 11
Composed by David T. Little and featuring librettist Royce Vavrek, this new opera is based on the story by Judy Budnitz from her first collection of short stories, “Flying Leap.” After an unimaginable catastrophe, a family struggles to keep it together. The teenage daughter hangs on to hope, unwilling to accept her dire situation, until a stranger shows up. Tonight is opening night and the first opportunity the West Coast will have to experience this raw and powerful contemporary opera. Directed by Robert Woodruff. 8 p.m. $69. Through June 15. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. (213) 237-2800. SAT | JUNE 20
ELECTRIC DUSK DRIVE-IN SERIES
The second half of this super cool film venue’s summer schedule features some of our favorite movie visionaries. From “The Big Lebowski” (Coen brothers) to “E.T.” and “Indiana Jones” (Steven Spielberg) to “The Princess Bride” (Rob Reiner), there’s a classic for everyone. With the city sprawled out behind the screen, it’s a truly unique — and seasonal — way to watch the best of the best. It certainly beats sitting in traffic and staring at the car in front of you. 8:30 p.m. $9-$13. Through Aug. 15. Electric Dusk Drive-In, 1000 San Julian St., Los Angeles. (818) 653-8591. TUE | JUNE 23
He’s dominated television with “Freaks and Geeks” and as an executive producer on “Girls,” as well as film with comedies including “Knocked Up” and “Superbad,” so it only makes sense that he’d also contribute a book. “Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life (and Comedy),” is a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past 30 years — including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and Lena Dunham. If you’re a comedy nerd, this should be the next book on your shelf. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. THUR | JULY 9
IPALPITI FESTIVAL 2015
Eighteen years and still going strong! An ensemble of a couple of dozen young musicians from around the world, iPalpiti & Soloists offers an expansive and international repertoire. Founded by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, the orchestra is often served by renowned conductor and honorary President Eduard Schmieder. With tons of concert opportunities in all kinds of cool locations, it will be difficult to miss out on this festival. There also will be a chance to meet the artists during the grand finale gala. Various times. Through July 26. Free-$120. Various venues. (310) 205-0511. THUR | JULY 16
Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” is a musical set in the East Village of New York City. It follows a group of young dreamers as they learn about falling in love, finding their voice and living for today. Confronting AIDS/HIV in a time when it was uncommon to do so, the musical also made political noise during the 1990s. Winner of the Tony Award for best musical and Pulitzer Prize for drama, the show has been enthusiastically received across the board. Whether you’re in it for the pop tunes or Puccini’s “La Boheme” influences, it will be a theater experience at its best. 8 p.m. Through July 26. $65-$149.50. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. THUR | JULY 23
The Skirball Cultural Center kicks off its Sunset Concerts series, held each summer in the museum’s one-of-a-kind hillside setting. Devoted to inspiring the diverse populations of greater Los Angeles, the lineup will again showcase exceptional global talents, both legendary and emerging. Some headliners include the Yuval Ron Ensemble, Hurray for the Riff Raff and tonight’s Los Angeles debut of funky Afro-Colombian group La Chiva Gantiva. A full schedule is available on Skirball’s website. 8 p.m. Free. Through Aug. 27. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. TUE | AUG 18
LIVE PRESENTATION OF “2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY”
Conductor Brad Lubman leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with the help of Grant Gershon’s Los Angeles Master Chorale, in a live scoring of Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece. See the film’s visual grandeur on the Hollywood Bowl’s big screen while the soundtrack is performed right in front of you. Music includes Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra,” “The Blue Danube Waltz” and more. 8 p.m. $11-$45. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. FRI | AUG 21
If you missed him last year at the Saban, here is another chance to catch the soulful songwriter. Hitting it big with his early ’90s hit “Walking in Memphis,” Cohn has spent years joining clever and sensitive lyrics with a musicality that’s simultaneously country, rock and pop. He won the 1991 Grammy for best new artist and has released seven studio albums. He toured with Bonnie Raitt in 2013, so maybe at this show you’ll here some super secret on-the-road stories. 8 p.m. $38-$68. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. SUN | AUG 30
DODGERS JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY
Take you out to the crowd! Your Los Angeles Dodgers invite you to their 16th annual kosher baseball game. They’ll be playing the Chicago Cubs, so after waiting in line for a kosher hot dog or four, put on the special shirt that comes with your ticket package — a T-shirt that says “Dodgers” in Hebrew. The first 40,000 in attendance will get Dodger headphones! Sounds like a home run to us. 12:10 p.m. $30 and $38. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 224-2642.
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
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.
‘Tiger by the Tail’: A therapist, a prisoner and love letters
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
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.
A Chanukah miracle couldn’t hurt as the Clippers face off against the top-ranked Indiana Pacers. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Cantor Nathan Lam opens the game with the singing of the national anthem. There will also be a menorah lighting, a Q-and-A session with rabbis and a special halftime performance by the Body Poets. Add in kosher food and a free T-shirt, and this Chanukah celebration is bound to be a slam-dunk. Sun. 10:30 a.m. (pre-game warm-ups), 12:30 p.m. (game time). $20-$62. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown. (213) 742-7503. ” target=”_blank”>chabadofthevalley.com.
MON | DEC 2
“LISTENING TO THE OTHER”
Monday marks the beginning of a weeklong look at Middle East musical dialogues. There will be public performances, master classes, panel discussions and, of course, music. Some of the significant names sprinkled throughout the week are: Thaer Bader, Mohammed Fairouz, David Krakauer, David Lefkowitz and Betty Olivero. All have made a contribution to the unique conversation of Arab-Israeli fusion. Mon. Various times. Through Dec. 8. $30-$60 (general), $15 (UCLA Students). Various locations in UCLA area. (818) 716-6211. TUE | DEC 3
“A PATCHWORK OF CULTURES: THE SEPHARDIC-LATINO CONNECTION”
Shalom and ¡Hola! The L.A. Jewish Symphony Educational Outreach Program is hosting a concert that explores the music and historical cultures of our Spanish ancestors. Led by Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, there will be song, dance and a celebration of Sephardic and Latino music pieces. Student-created artwork will also be exhibited to contribute to an already creative atmosphere. Reservations required. Tue. 11 a.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 436-5260. ” target=”_blank”>tioh.org.
“BROTHERS AND STRANGERS II: ISRAELIS ARE FROM MARS, AMERICAN JEWS ARE FROM VENUS”
Like any pair of siblings, American Jews and Israelis don’t always have a seamless relationship. But unlike you and your brother or sister, it is crucial to the future of Judaism that we understand the tensions, connections and in-betweens of the two largest Jewish populations in the world. American Jewish University hosts a panel discussion that illuminates how we can strengthen a sometimes-weakening bond. Panelists include Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Jewish social policy professor Steven M. Cohen, Middlebury College international studies professor Theodore Sasson, HUC-JIR contemporary Jewish studies professor Sarah Bunin Benor and Gil Ribak, director of the Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. THU | DEC 5
“LIGHT UP THE NIGHT”
East Side Jews is going global. Join your favorite irreverent collection of Jews as they shoo away the darkness with a dreidel tournament, drinks and nosh, and stories you wont want to miss from Justine Barron, Matthew Irving Epstein, Josh Feldman, Jessie Kahnweiler and Raimy Rosenduft. For those of you interested in human rights, the evening will also feature Guatemalan human rights activist Claudia Samayoa. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $18. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>themintla.com.
FRI | DEC 6
THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN THE SANCTUARY
The world-renowned orchestra is making a house call (sort of). Leaving its home base downtown, the L.A. Phil is migrating West. Playing in the beautiful and newly remodeled sanctuary, the evening features a special performance of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. So whether you are interested in Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 or you are simply sick of Disney Hall, it will be an intimate and unforgettable evening of music. Fri. 8 p.m. $50-$150. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 835-2198.
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SAT | OCT 5
YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI
Shalom Hartman fellow Yossi Klein Halevi serves as Beth Jacob Congregation’s Shabbat scholar in residence. Author of the new book “Like Dreamers,” which explores the story of the soldiers who reunited Jerusalem and divided a nation, Klein Halevi will give the Shabbat morning drash and speak during a community lunch-and-learn as well as during a Melava Malka at a private residence. Thu. 9 a.m. (services), 11 a.m. (lunch), 8:30 p.m. (Melava Malka). RSVP required for lunch-and-learn: $35 (adults), $25 (children). Beth Jacob, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. bethjacob.org.
“GARY BASEMAN: MYTHICAL HOMELAND”
The door is always open. Even if you missed Gary Baseman’s retrospective at the Skirball earlier this year, you’re still in luck. The painter, illustrator, performance artist, toy designer and TV/movie producer brings an extension of that retrospective to Venice. With a playful and dark aesthetic, Baseman pays homage to his family and creates wonder for his viewers. Through Dec. 14. Sat. 7-9 p.m. (opening reception). Free. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961. shulamitgallery.com.
SUN | OCT 6
THE CAPITOL STEPS
Aggravated with Congress? Well, laugh at its expense! This improv troupe has been mocking our elected officials for more than 25 years, and they know what they’re talking about — they’ve all been staffers for the politicians they satirize. With 30 albums to their name and past venues like NBC, CBS and NPR, the group has a handle on clever comedy. There will be song parodies, costumed skits and some good old-fashioned stand-up. Sun. 4 p.m. $45. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1547. aju.edu.
MON | OCT 7
“FROM SCRATCH: INSIDE THE FOOD NETWORK”
A book launch party has never tasted so good — and so informative. Join Mozza’s Nancy Silverton, Midtown Lunch’s Zach Brooks and pastrami scholar Lara Rabinovitch as they discuss New York Times’ Allen Salkin’s new book. A panel discussion on the history of the Food Network and the Hollywoodization of cuisine includes Susan Feniger, Bruce Seidel and Karen Katz. Sat. 7 p.m. Free. The Border Grill, 445 S. Figueroa St., downtown. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THU | OCT 10
Once upon a time, a 19-year-old started as a member of Disney’s creative team. And then he worked happily ever after. Come listen to highlights from five decades of magic-making in Sklar’s new memoir “Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms.” Serving as Walt Disney’s right-hand man, and eventually becoming the creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, Sklar will guide attendees through the reality behind the whimsy. A Q-and-A and book signing follow the program. Thu. 8 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT
Do yourself a favor and join the more than half-million people who have listened to Raichel’s music. The Israeli singer-songwriter has transformed the idea of music as a universal language into something tangible. Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Swahili, Raichel truly blends and binds nations and peoples. Named Musical Group of the Decade in Israel in 2010, The Project promises to deliver. Thu. 8 p.m. $30-$75, $15 (UCLA Students). Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101.
LONG BEACH JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
It’s four days of the best Jewish-themed films from around the world! Opening night kicks off with a reception and screening of “Hava Nagila (The Movie).” Other films include the documentaries “The Flat” and “God’s Fiddler,” indie comedy “Putzel” and World War II drama “Süskind.” Through Oct. 13. Thu. 6:30 p.m. (reception), 7:30 p.m. (screening). $10. Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601, ext. 1021. alpertjcc.org/filmfest.
FRI | OCT 11
“EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH”
It is a rare revival of a groundbreaking collaboration. Philip Glass and Robert Wilson joined forces in 1976 to create one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century. Unconventional, non-narrative and fully visual with the help of choreography by Lucinda Childs, it will help viewers understand that knowing what you’re looking at isn’t as important as simply taking a look. Through Oct. 13. Fri. 6:30 p.m. $83-$312. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 972-8001. laopera.com.
“SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES”
Alexis Rodriguez Fish finds her life to be a little bit of a disaster after the recent death of her cheating husband, so she decides to spend some time with her zany Latino-Jewish family. With an overbearing mother, encouraging father and quirky sister, Alex re-engages with her roots in an effort to grow. Writer/director Nicole Gomez Fisher creates a relatable and poignant visit home for all of us. The screening is part of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Fri. 7 p.m. $13. TCL Chinese Theatres, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 446-2770. sleepingwiththefishes.eventbrite.com.
At Pepperdine, ruminations on Hollywood’s patrimony straight from its (Jewish) patriarchy
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
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.
Get your harvesting on in Malibu! The Shalom Institute is offering a day filled with organic gardening, ziplining, nature walks and music. Families can also indulge in arts and crafts and meet animals in the Pinat Chai Animal Center. Kosher lunch and snacks provided. Sun. 10 a.m. $10 (general), Free (Ages 6 and under). Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. ” target=”_blank”>templejudea.com.
FIESTA DE COSECHA/SUKKOT
Proyecto Jardin and IKAR’s Green Action invites you to garden, make crafts, decorate, eat and dance with lulavs and etrogs. All ages are invited, and all materials and foods are provided. Please RSVP. Sun. 1 p.m. Proyecto Jardin, 1718 Bridge St., Boyle Heights. (323) 634-1870. ” target=”_blank”>israeliamerican.org.
MON | SEPT 23
BEND THE ARC SUKKOT PARTY
What’s Sukkot without a little bit of justice? Come mix and mingle with the director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action to discuss your role in creating a more just world. Of course, you will also get to engage in some noshing. Mon. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP. Temple Sinai, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. SUN | SEPT 24
YALA IN THE VALLEY
It’s dinnertime for you Valley boys and girls. The CEO of the Federation’s Valley Alliance hosts dinner in her sukkah! Join Carol Koransky for an evening of food, drinks, games and quality conversation. Everyone is invited, but Valley folk encouraged! Tue. 6:30 p.m. $15-$25. Private Residence. (323) 761-8247.
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
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
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.
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.
How well can you ever really know your family? If you are Jonathan Holiff, there is only one option — perpetual discovery. Following his father Saul’s suicide, Holiff finds hundreds of letters, audio diaries and recorded phone calls the late music manager had with his client Johnny Cash. Embarking on a moving journey to know his father, Holiff creates a documentary with heart and perhaps some healing. Fri. Various times. $11 (general admission), $8 (ages 11 and under, 62 and over, bargain matinee). Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-3836. ” target=”_blank”>lacma.org.
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FRI | SEP 13
THU | SEP 19
From the woman who brought you “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” “The Color Master” is Bender’s newest short-story collection — and the title easily describes our author. Rich and fanciful and strange, Bender beautifully masters the colors and layers and complexities of being ourselves. Whether it’s a story of two sisters in Malaysia mending tigers or a woman marrying an ogre, the work in this collection will resonate in the most unique way. Bender will be reading selections aloud. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. FRI | SEP 20
“A SINGLE SHOT”
John Moon pulls a trigger that singularly alters his life. An isolated hunter, he finds himself on the run. Director David M. Rosenthal (“Janie Jones”) presents a backwoods thriller starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, and Jeffrey Wright. Having screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film is a part of the independent cinema elite — a chilling tale of a man struggling for survival. Fri. Limited release. SUN | SEP 22
“CROSSING MUSICAL BORDERS”
Forget melting pot — Los Angeles is a music pot. Presented in association with the “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition, the Autry celebrates the mishmash that is the L.A. music scene. Christopher “Thes One” Portugal, a record producer and one half of the hip-hop group People Under the Stairs, leads a conversation about these cultural crossovers. Joined by California State University, Los Angeles, music professor Paul De Castro, Japanese mariachi singer Junko Seki and Otto Granillo, founder of the band KoTolan, it will truly be a musical mosaic. Sun. 2 p.m. $10 (general), $6 (students and seniors), $4 (ages 3-12), Free (ages 3 and under, Autry members). The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. ” target=”_blank”>icehousecomedy.com.
THU | SEP 26
SAT | SEP 28
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE
Who needs D.C.? Taking a cue from the Smithsonian museums that offer free admission every day, participating Los Angeles museums are inviting you and a guest over, for free. Some participating museums include: The Los Angeles Holocaust Museum, The California Science Center, the Petersen Automotive Museum, Zimmer Children’s Museum and more. There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but art is a whole other ball game. Sat. Various times. Free. See Web site for participating locations. THU | OCT. 3
TUE | OCT 8
Booze, jazz and interracial history? Scholar Carla Kaplan explores the Harlem Renaissance. Focusing on the white women, many of them Jewish, who became involved with the black culture of the 1920s — and subsequently ostracized — Kaplan’s book, “Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance,” tells stories widely unheard. Kaplan, who has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, will read from her new cultural biography. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. THU | OCT 10
SAT | OCT 12
FOWLER AT 50
Grab your party hats and stow away that AARP magazine, the Fowler is turning 50! Dedicating the entire year to celebrating with nine intimate exhibitions, today is an opportunity to preview some of that art. There will be live music and dance by INCA and Afrobeat Down as well as DJing by KCRW’s Mario Cotto. If you work up an appetite, chef John Rivera Sedlar will fix you up with good eats and a signature cocktail. Sun. 8-10 p.m. $50 (general) $10 (students at the door). Fowler Museum, UCLA North Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4361. SUN | OCT 13
Miss 1930s New York radio shows? You’re about to catch a break. Bringing that Lower East Side vibe to Southern California, they may be “mostly” kosher, but they are definitely fun. Klezmer inspired, the band Mostly Kosher will perform family friendly music that highlights the journey of the Jewish community in Los Angeles. If you have yet to see the “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition, join a tour either before or after the performance! Sun. 2 p.m. $10 (general), $6 (students and seniors), $4 (ages 3-12), Free (ages 3 and under, Autry members). The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. WED | OCT 16
He’s a world-renowned pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer, and he is coming to a Disney Concert Hall near you! Performing Bach’s Six Partitas, Andras Schiff will bring passion and expertise to the composer’s last, and technically most demanding set of keyboard dance suites. Wed. 8 p.m. $54-$105. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. SAT | OCT 26
“A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER”
John Malkovich and Julian Sands collaborate on a personal and unusual tribute to one of the most influential British dramatists of the 20th century. The Nobel Prize-winning playwright is responsible for “Betrayal,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “Sleuth” and much more. Sands, who knew Pinter personally, captures the opinionated and enigmatic author in this intimately directed portrait. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $47-$75. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. SUN | OCT 27
FRI | NOV 1
It’s as if he never puts that violin down — and aren’t we the lucky ones? Joining the L.A. Phil for a program of Vivaldi’s “Summer” and “Winter” from his “The Four Seasons,” the 15-time Grammy winner offers an enchanting evening. Perlman performed at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and at a state dinner in 2007 for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, so seeing him is truly seeing history manifest on the stage. Through Nov. 3. Fri. 11 a.m. $82.50-$189. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000.
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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
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, email@example.com. 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
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.
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.
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.
More than 20 dramas, documentaries, comedies, foreign language films and shorts will be shown at seven venues from Thousand Oaks to Beverly Hills. Highlights at the eighth annual L.A. Jewish Film Festival include tonight’s star-studded opening-night gala celebration with the premiere of the comedy “Putzel,” starring Susie Essman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Melanie Lynskey (“Two and a Half Men”); “Neil Diamond: Solitary Man,” a documentary on the music icon; “Becoming Henry/Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir,” with Polanski addressing every aspect of his celebrated and controversial life; “My Father and the Man in Black,” the untold story of Johnny Cash and his talented but troubled manager; and “When Comedy Went to School,” the closing-night film, which presents an entertaining portrait of the country’s greatest generation of comedians. A program of the Jewish Journal. Sat. Through June 6. Various times, locations. $40 (opening night gala), $7-$12 (films). (213) 368-1661. lajfilmfest.org.
Based out of Mishkan Omanim (The Artists’ Studio) in Herzliya, Israeli artist Hofshi returns to Los Angeles with her latest exhibition, “Cessation,” which explores the relationship between the artist, topographical patterns and her perception of the environment and man through works on paper, installations and woodcutting. Sat. 7-9 p.m. (opening reception). Through July 27 (Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961. shulamitgallery.com.
MON | JUNE 3
One of Israel’s foremost singer-songwriters and co-founder of the world music ensemble Sheva, Ben-Ari combines traditional Jewish ethnic chants with rock, soul, reggae and pop. Guest artist Mooke, an Israeli rapper and former frontman of Shabak Samech, also performs on the last stop of Ben-Ari’s U.S. tour. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $45 (advance), $55 (door). Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood. (323) 462-8900. avalonhollywood.com.
SUN | JUNE 9
Beloved for his Broadway turns in “Evita” and “Sunday in the Park With George” as well as numerous roles on screens big (“The Princess Bride,” “Yentl”) and small (“Homeland,” “Criminal Minds,” “Chicago Hope”), the Tony and Emmy winner performs popular standards and Broadway classics while backed by the Pasadena POPS, conducted for this concert by Eric Stern. Sun. 8 p.m. $81-$153. John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.
FRI | JUNE 14
Direct from Broadway, following a critically acclaimed sold-out run, the pop singer-songwriter brings hits like “Mandy,” “Copacabana,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “I Write the Songs” and “Can’t Smile” to adoring Fanilows during a three-night engagement at the Greek. Fri. 8 p.m. Through June 16. $9.99-$249.99. The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 665-5857. greektheatrela.com.
TUE | JUNE 18
“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.
SUN | JUNE 23
The road warriors from the East Coast jam band scene blend the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel and the Beach Boys with tribal drumming. Led by nice Jewish boys Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner on guitars and vocals and Brian Rosenworcel on percussion, the band joins groups Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds Five for the “Last Summer on Earth 2013” tour. Sun. 7 p.m. $37.75-$77.75. The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 665-5857. greektheatrela.com.
THU | JUNE 27
The acclaimed author of “Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book,” the comic book series “The Sandman” and the award-winning fantasy novel “American Gods” discusses his well-received new novel, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” with Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher. Gaiman’s first work for an adult audience in eight years, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” follows a middle-aged man who returns to his childhood home, where he is confronted by a past too strange, too frightening and too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Thu. 8 p.m. $40-$103. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. alextheatre.org.
SUN | JUNE 30
The Hollywood legend you’ve never heard of — who guided the careers of celebrities Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Neil Diamond and Joan Rivers; championed the making of the “Woodstock” film, saving Warner Bros. in the process; and discovered martial arts sensation Bruce Lee — discusses his memoir, “Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me.” “I’ve pretty much seen and done it all,” writes Weintraub. “Or at least as much as any nice, Jewish, Ritalin-deprived, Depression baby could ever hope to see and do.” Sun. 2-4 p.m. Museum admission rates apply: $10 (adults), $6 (students, seniors), $4 (children, 3-12), free (children under 3). Autry National Center, Griffith Park, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000, ext. 326. theautry.org.
WED | JULY 10
Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Bruce Norris follows up his monster hit “Clybourne Park” with this mind-scrambling comedy that distorts the audience’s perspective and poses profound questions about the choices we make. Directed by Tony-winning director Anna Shapiro (“August: Osage County”), “A Parallelogram” follows Bee, for whom the past, present and future collide when strange new revelations rock her seemingly normal suburban life and take her down a rabbit hole. Through Aug. 18. Wed. 8 p.m. $30-$50. Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 628-2772. centertheatregroup.org.
FRI | JULY 12
BETH LAPIDES’ “UNCABARET”
Idiosyncratic blends with the conversational to form actress, writer and producer Lapides’ weekly stand-up showcase. Over its 25 years of existence, “Uncabaret” has fostered the careers of stars Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho and Jeff Garlin. This time the magic happens at the summer series Grand Performances. Fri. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
“INTO THE NIGHT: SECRETS AND TRUTH”
Celebrate the creative universe of artist, illustrator, animator and toy designer Gary Baseman, whose whimsical exhibition, “The Door Is Always Open,” is currently on display at the Skirball. The festive “Into the Night” soiree features live bands, DJ sets, gallery explorations, art making, film screenings and a special appearance by the artist himself. Ages 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.
SAT | JULY 13
“SONGFEST SINGS AMERICA: CELEBRATING LEONARD BERNSTEIN”
Celebrating America’s great composer, SongFest 2013 partners with Grand Performances to present a concert, the centerpiece of which will be the unpublished “Songfest: A Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers and Orchestra,” a 1977 song cycle by Bernstein. Other works include favorites from “Candide” and “West Side Story.” Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, will recite the poems. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
SUN | JULY 14
“BECOMING LOS ANGELES”
Featuring contemporary design, exceptional objects and multimedia, this 14,000-square-foot permanent exhibition offers a unique take on Los Angeles: Inside a suite of four galleries, a visually striking canopy symbolizes the sweep of history and leads visitors through major sections or historical eras: the pre-Spanish landscape, the Mission Era, the Mexican Rancho Era, the early years of the American Period, the emergence of a new American city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and L.A. as a global city of the 21st century. Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $12 (adults), $9 (seniors, college students, ages 13-17), $5 (ages 3-12). The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3466. nhm.org.
In the season two premiere, the staff of “News Night,” led by anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), producer Mackenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and cable news president Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) chase a mysterious tip, which leads to a story that ultimately spins out of control. New arrivals to the Aaron Sorkin series include actress Marcia Gay Harden, who plays a litigator defending the station from a termination suit. Sun. Free. 10 p.m. hbo.com.
THU | AUG 1
The acclaimed Israeli composer and musician resets Hebrew prayers and poetry to Indian devotional music. Part of the Skirball Sunset Concert series, presenting musical traditions from around the world. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
SAT | AUG 10
Southern California-based klezmer band Mostly Kosher’s bandleader and singer Leeav Sofer and Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin celebrate Jewish culture. They perform songs and stories from across the globe as part of the family series “Big!World!Fun!” at the Ford. Sat. 10 a.m. $5 (adults), free (ages 12 and younger). John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.
“AN EVENING OF DANCE”
The Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series continues with the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Led by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions troupe brings its athletic, lyrical, technically proficient and seasoned choreography and dancers to the Ford stage. The evening also includes local favorite Lula Washington Dance Theatre, a creative outlet for dancers in South Los Angeles. Sat. 8 p.m. $45-$85. John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.
TUE | AUG 20
The melding of the Israeli-American violinist’s soulful tone and virtuosic technique with Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot’s tenor highlights tonight’s concert performance, “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul.” This program includes beloved Jewish liturgical and traditional works in arrangements for chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Klezmer Conservatory Band and conductor Russell Ger also appear. Tue. 8 p.m. $1-$136. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
SUN | AUG 25
LOS ANGELES JEWISH SYMPHONY
Encompassing dance and music from Russia, Argentina, Israel and the United States, the orchestral ensemble’s performance, “Cultural Collaborations,” features the orchestra and Argentinian tango dancers Miriam Marici and Leonardo Barrionuevo performing the U.S. premiere of “Go Tango!” along with a musical look at the familiar story of Tevye the Milkman (“Fiddler on the Roof”) in the symphonic suite “Reb Tevye.” The evening continues with violinist Kobi Malkin, who is featured in the world premiere of Sholom Secunda’s “Violin Concerto,” and closes with a return to dance with the world premiere of “Israeli Country Dances Suite,” which highlights 10 different forms of dance popular in Israel over the years, ending in a rousing horah. BODYTRAFFIC dance ensemble acts out the interpretation. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50 (general), $20 (students). John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.
SAT | SEPT 7
Baseman’s solo exhibition, “Base Man” — featuring the works of the artist, illustrator, animator and toy designer — runs through the fall at the Venice-based Shulamit Gallery. Born in 1960 to Polish-born Holocaust survivors, Baseman began his career as a successful illustrator in the 1980s, then transitioned into fine art in 1999, gaining wide recognition for his whimsical work. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961. shulamitgallery.com.
Full of sound and fury: Bloch’s ‘Macbeth’ opera gets a rare airing
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Help the LGBT congregation build its sukkah and add decorations made with recycled and found oubjects. Service and potluck follow. Sun. 10 a.m. (sukkah building), 4:30 p.m. (sukkah decorating), 6 p.m. (service and potluck). Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.
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, Sukkot 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 Rancho Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 466-6454. jewishla.org.
THU | OCT 4
MAGICAL MYSTERY SUKKAH TOUR
JConnectLA’s Sukkot-meets-bar-crawl features singing, jamming and visits to mega-size sukkahs around town. Ages 21-36 welcome. Thu. 6:30-11 p.m. $13 (advance), $18 (on the bus, seats limited to 50). Meeting place: Chase Bank, 9080 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 244-5577. jconnectla.com.
A MOVABLE FEAST
AtidLA’s progressive Sukkot dinner features Sukkah-hopping, drinks and dinner. Each course takes place in a different sukkah around Sinai Temple. Thu. 7 p.m. $10 (members), $15 (general). Sinai Temple, meet in Pilot Plaza, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. atidla.com/#sukkot.
FRI | OCT 5
NASHUVA: SHABBAT, SUKKOT AND DANIEL PEARL WORLD MUSIC DAYS
Join Rabbi Naomi Levy and the Nashuva Band in a celebration of the Sabbath, the Festival of Sukkot and legacy of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal bureau chief who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002. Part of Daniel Pearl World Music Day — an international network of concerts that use the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity — song, prayer and a special musical dedication in the honor and memory of Pearl highlight the occasion. An outdoor Sukkot festival follows, featuring a sukkah, Israeli food, live music and more. Fri. 6:45 p.m. Free. Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 W. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. Service streamed live on jewishournal.com. nashuva.com.
SAT | OCT 6
SINGLES IN THE SUKKAH
Spend a night in the sukkah with Ravakim, a cross-denominational gathering of singles in their 40s and 50s at Temple Beth Am. Enjoy Israeli wine and cheese as well as a chance to meet new people. Sinai Temple co-sponsors. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $10 (by Oct. 3), $15 (door). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. tbala.org/ravaksukkah.
SUN | OCT 7
Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy, who has traveled the world gathering stories, tells Jewish tales with a modern and personal twist. Musical ensemble Klezmer Juice accompanies. An autumnal buffet in the sukkah follows. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wbtla.org.
SUKKOT DINNER AND SIMCHAT TORAH CELEBRATION
Kehillat Israel throws a holiday celebration with Sukkot festivities, tikkun olam opportunities, arts projects, a free pizza dinner and a Simchat Torah celebration. All ages welcome. Sun. 5:15 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Kehillat Israel, 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. kehillatisrael.org/sukkot-simhat-torah.
EREV SIMCHAT TORAH CELEBRATION
Dance with the Torah and unroll it into a great circle during this event at Leo Baeck Temple, a Reform congregation. Sun. 6 p.m. Free. Leo Baeck Temple, 13000 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. leobaecktemple.org.
MON | OCT 8
“IT’S HOLY PANDEMONIUM!”
Bring your unbridled enthusiasm and libation of choice and get ready to sing, dance and pray your way through a celebration of Torah, community and life with IKAR. Mon. 5:30-11:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. (early childhood celebration for ages 0-5 and their families), 6 p.m. (potluck), 7 p.m. (services, no childcare during services; children welcome to join adults). Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org
“WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT”
Family and friends, song and dance, rhythm and melody highlight Adat Ari El’s erev Simchat Torah celebration. Congregational service features a Hakafot drum circle with REMO drums followed by Israeli dancing, and a young family service includes singing and stories. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Optional family dinner: $9 (general), $8 (children, 3-10 years old), free (children, 2 and under). Online RSVPs accepted through Oct. 5. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 755-3488. adatariel.com.
SIMCHAT TORAH CELEBRATION
Dance the night away and experience Simchat Torah with Kehillat Ma’arav, a Conservative congregation in Santa Monica. The event features an open bar for adults, services, music and dance, a pizza dinner and candy apples for kids. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.
SINAI’S SIMCHAT TORAH
Rejoice in the Torah with Sinai Temple, a Conservative congregation. Event features a Torah scavenger hunt (for families with children of all ages), a celebration and Hakafot with Sinai’s clergy. Music by Dale Schatz and his band. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, Ziegler Hall, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
“With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story” The feature-length documentary explores the life of the 89-year-old, comic-book legend, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. Directed by Terry Douglas, Nikki Frakes and William Lawrence Hess, “With Great Power” highlights Lee’s Depression-era upbringing, his early years at Timely Comics, his military service during World War II, the dawn of Marvel Comics and more. Narrated by Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber), the doc features interviews with Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes. A Q-and-A with the filmmakers follows the screening. Sat. 7-9 p.m. $10. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., downtown. (213) 617-1033. downtownindependent.com.
SUN SEPT 16
High Holiday Food Drive 2012 SOVA needs your help. This Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles program, which provides free groceries and an array of support services to more than 12,000 individuals each month, is collecting canned beans, meat, tuna, dry milk, pasta, noodles, rice, dry soup, peanut butter, toiletries and other items. Drop-off locations include the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles as well as participating synagogues and day schools. Sun. Through Sept. 26. The Jewish Federation, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (818) 988-7682, Ext. 116, to find drop-off locations in your area. jewishla.org, jfsla.org/sova.
TUE SEPT 18
Matisyahu The Grammy nominee appears live in support of his latest record, “Spark Seeker.” Like its predecessors, the new album — Matisyahu’s fourth — features a blend of reggae, hip-hop, beat boxing and spiritual lyrics, but also showcases traditional ancient sounds and electro beats. Expect to hear lead single “Sunshine” as well as other new tracks, and older material off of albums “Light” and “Youth,” during tonight’s performance. Opening bands include reggae-rock ensembles Dirty Heads and Pacific Dub. Tue. 6:30 p.m. $27.50. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (800) 745-3000. livenation.com.
WED SEPT 19
“Sarin Zakan & Eshel Ben-Jacob: Bacteria Art and Eco-Fashion” Israeli fashion designer Sarin Zakan, who creates eco-couture clothing that blends science and art, makes her U.S. debut at the Pacific Design Center. Zakan’s work — including collars and dresses — features patterns formed by bacteria. Her pieces will be displayed alongside the work of her mentor, Tel Aviv University physics professor Eshel Ben-Jacob, who is called the godfather of bacterial art patterns. Wed. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Through Nov. 9, Mon.-Fri. Pacific Design Center, 8867 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 657-0800. pacificdesigncenter.com.
THU SEPT 20
Mitch Albom The best-selling author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” sits down with Rabbi David Wolpe to discuss his new book, “The Time Keeper.” Albom’s novel follows the inventor of the world’s first clock, Father Time, who, after being punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift, is given a chance to redeem himself by teaching two people — a teenage girl about to give up on life and a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever — the true meaning of time. Admission includes a copy of the book. Thu. 8 p.m. $20 (Sinai members), $25 (general). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
FRI SEPT 21
Martin Amis and Matthew Weiner Matthew Weiner, the marvel behind “Mad Men,” appears in conversation with Martin Amis, a master of ironic prose (“Money: A Suicide Note”). A postwar British writer of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, essays and reviews, his new novel, “Lionel Asbo: State of England,” follows the problematic relationship between a thuggish and lottery-winning English uncle and his nephew. Though experts in different mediums, Weiner and Amis share a fascination with the lives of the privileged in their respective works. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 855-0005. writersblocpresents.com.
“Abraham” French singer-songwriter and actor Michel Jonasz embodies Abraham, his cantor grandfather, in this one-man show. Set before his death, the play follows Abraham as he recalls his deepest memories — his childhood, escaping from Poland, meeting his wife, his deportation to concentration camps, and the joys and sorrows of existence. In French with projected English translations. Fri. 7:45 p.m. Through Sept. 22. $50 (general seating), $75 (premium). Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 286-0553. theatreraymond-kabbaz.com.
“ARTHUR SCHNITZLER — BEING JEWISH” A renowned writer and dramatist whose favorite topics were anti-Semitism, love, sex and death, Arthur Schnitzler chronicled turn-of-the-century Vienna. A Getty staged reading of Schnitzler's journals and correspondence portray a conflicted Austrian Jew who is not afraid to ask difficult questions. Held in conjunction with “Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line,” a panel discussion with filmmaker Peter Schnitzler, Schnitzler's grandson, and Schnitzler expert Lorenzo Bellettini follows. Sun. 4-7:30 p.m. Free (reservation recommended). Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.
CHABAD “TO LIFE” TELETHON Television icon Larry King hosts the 32nd annual Chabad telethon, featuring celebrity guests and, of course, dancing rabbis. Proceeds benefit Chabad of California's programs and institutions, including schools, summer camps, community outreach centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, crisis intervention and support for children with special needs. Sun. 8-11 p.m. KTLA. tolife.com.
MON | SEPT 10
“SONGS FOR A BRIS” Actor-singer Ben Goldberg's one-night-only musical exploration looks at the biggest decision every infant Jewish boy never got to make. The performance features music by Meat Loaf, U2, Cole Porter, Hootie and the Blowfish, and many others. Mon. $10. Rockwell, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 661-6163. rockwell-la.com.
MACCABIAH MASTERS TENNIS TRYOUTS Interested in representing the United States at the 19th World Maccabiah Games next summer in Israel? Maccabi USA is holding masters-level tennis tryouts today for men and women, ages 35 and older, at Mountain Gate Country Club. Buffet lunch included. Mon. 9 a.m. (arrival, check-in), 10 a.m. (tournament begins). $40 (application fee), $50 (participation fee), $30 (additional guest). Mountain Gate Country Club, 12445 Mountaingate Drive, Los Angeles. (215) 561-6900. maccabiusa.com.
WED | SEPT 12
KCET HIGH HOLY DAYS The community television station honors the High Holy Days with four documentaries during the month of September, including “The Gefilte Fish Chronicles,” a story of how a family stays spiritually and physically connected through tradition; “The New Beginning,” which examines the ancient origins, evolution, symbols and traditions that have come to define the High Holy Days; “18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre,” which tells the story of the most sacred prayer in Judaism through the tales and anecdotes of those who have been touched by it; and “Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps,” which looks at Hitler's largest concentration camp designed for women. Wed. Through Sept. 20. “The Gefilte Fish Chronicles”: Sept. 12, 2:30 p.m.; “The New Beginning”: Sept. 13, 10:30 p.m.; “18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre”: Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.; “Where Birds Never Sang”: Sept. 20 at 10:30 p.m. For additional airing times, visit kcet.org.
THU | SEPT 13
“10Q: NO REGRETS” Time magazine columnist Joel Stein hosts an evening of confessions. Just in time for the New Year, comedians, writers, celebrities and audience participants reveal their biggest regrets in an attempt to clean the slate. Folk-pop duo the Wellspring performs. Co-sponsored by Reboot and the Jewish Federation's Young Adults of Los Angeles. Thu. 7-10 p.m. $15 (advance ticket), $18 (door). Acme Comedy Theater, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8324. yala.org.
ITZHAK PERLMAN The Israeli-American master violinist performs Tchaikovsky's “Violin Concerto.” One of the world's most renowned classical musicians, Perlman has won more than a dozen Grammy awards, taken part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama and played with every major orchestra. Conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the final classic concert of the season with Johannes Brahms' “Hungarian Dances Nos. 10, 4, 5,” Tchaikovsky's “Violin Concerto” and Antonin Dvorák's “Symphony No. 8.” Thu. 8 p.m. $1-$133. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
MICHAEL CHABON AND AYELET WALDMAN The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” and “The Yiddish Policemen's Union” appears in person to read passages from his new novel “Telegraph Avenue.” Set in Berkeley at the end of the summer of 2004, record store co-owners Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe and their midwife wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffee, face personal and professional problems that test the strength of their relationships and businesses. Writer Mona Simpson (“My Hollywood”) leads a post-reading discussion and Q-and-A with Chabon and his wife, author Ayelet Waldman (“Red Hook Road”). Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.
Democratic platform omits language on Jerusalem, notes Iran military option
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
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.
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.
“OVERLOOKED SUSPECT” What if O.J. Simpson didn’t do it? The Journal invites you to the L.A. premiere of a documentary that examines that very question. Explore the evidence with private investigator William Dear, whose ongoing investigation into the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman comes to a conclusion that has yet to be explored. A panel discussion and Q-and-A follow, featuring Dear, Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson and criminal defense attorney James Blatt. Journal president and columnist David Suissa moderates. Must be at least 17 years old to attend. Sat. 7-10 p.m. $12. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245443.
TUE | MAY 15
ERIK LARSON The master of narrative nonfiction appears in conversation with David Kipen, founder of the Boyle Heights used bookshop Libros Schmibros. They discuss Larson’s bestseller, “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” which follows U.S. Ambassador William Dodd, who arrives in Hitler’s Germany in 1933. Glamorous Germany soon reveals its true colors, but the State Department shows indifference to Dodd’s reports of Jewish persecution. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.
ANDY COHEN The out-and-proud executive at Bravo, who oversees development of shows like “Top Chef” and “The Real Housewives” franchise, discusses and signs copies of his new memoir, “Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture,” which recounts how he became the first openly gay late-night talk show host, an Emmy winner and network head. Wristbanded event. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Nobles at The Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
WED | MAY 16
SUISSA VS. BEINART Journal president and columnist David Suissa debates Peter Beinart, author of the controversial book, “The Crisis of Zionism,” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Temple Israel of Hollywood’s Rabbi John Rosove moderates the discussion on the lack of progress in peace talks — Beinart acknowledges acts of violence on the Palestinians’ part but faults Israeli policies; Suissa ascribes blame to the Palestinian Authority’s use of incitement against Jews. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org
“WAR ON WOMEN” The National Council of Jewish Women holds an educational program advocating for reproductive freedom and addressing the current pushback against feminism. Actress and activist Tyne Daly (“Judging Amy”); American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) staff attorney Maggie Crosby; Serena Josel, public affairs director for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles; Linda Long, vice president of California National Organization for Women; and Kaya Masler, a USC student and political organizer, participate in a panel discussion. Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks moderates. Light refreshments served. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. RSVP (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
“HATIKVA—A HYMN IS BORN” Israeli musicologist and pianist Astrith Baltsan’s concert reveals the surprising origins of Israel’s national anthem, which has its roots in an ancient Sephardic prayer, classical music by Mozart, Chopin and Smetana, and a Romanian immigrant folk song. Presented by Mati and the Consulate General of Israel. Cocktail reception included. Wed. 7:30 p.m. (cocktails), 8:30 p.m. (program). $50 (advance), $60 (door). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (323) 351-7021. maticenter.org.
THU | MAY 17
“PROJECT MAH JONGG” The new Skirball exhibition explores how a Chinese game became an American Jewish tradition, influencing fashion, style and cultural identity. Mah jongg-inspired contemporary works by Isaac Mizrahi, Bruce McCall and Maira Kalman accompany mah jongg sets and rulebooks, newspaper articles and vintage photographs. Visitors are encouraged to play at tables set up throughout the Skirball. Included with museum admission. Thu. Through Sept. 2. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday). $10 (general), $7 (seniors, students), $5 (children, 2-12), free (members, children under 2). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
DAN RATHER AND MARTY KAPLAN The veteran “CBS Evening News” anchor discusses his new memoir, “Rather Outspoken: My Life in News,” with Journal columnist Kaplan, the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.
Unhappy office drone Elliot Green undergoes a transformation — into a lighter, freer, more realized version of himself — after meeting a blind man who sees, a deaf man who hears, a stutterer who’s a great orator along with four other strangers. Written by and starring New York playwright-performer Yehuda Hyman, the one-man secular comedy is a modern take on the “The Seven Beggars,” a folk tale by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. A discussion with Hyman and a reception follow. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Scene Dock Theatre, University of Southern California, downtown. Enter from Gate 6 (Vermont Avenue and 36th Street) or Gate 5 (Jefferson Boulevard at McClintock Avenue). (213) 740-0483. aicf.org.
WED | AUG 31
SOLEIL MOON FRYE Star of the ’80s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” now a married mom of two and co-founder of the Larchmont Village kids clothing shop The Little Seed, signs copies of her new book, “Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures In Between.” Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
SAT | SEPT 3
FYF FEST L.A. band Fool’s Gold — led by Israeli-born musician Luke Top — indie-pop rock band Avi Buffalo and sibling comic duo the Sklar Brothers are among the dozens of musical artists and comedians performing at this Labor Day weekend festival. Sat. noon-midnight. $40-$99. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown. (866) 777-8932. fyffest.com.
SUN | SEPT 4
S. MARK TAPER FOUNDATION AID AND RESCUE CENTER Visit the Zimmer’s newest permanent exhibition. Explore a fire station, fire engine and a Zodiac Coast Guard rescue boat, which was used to save lives after Hurricane Katrina. Sun. 12:30-5 p.m. $8 (adults), $5 (children, 2-17), free (children, 2 and under). Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.
TUE | SEPT 6
VIDAL SASSOON The man who has been on the cutting edge of hairstyling since the 1960s will present “Vidal Sassoon: The Movie,” which debuts today on DVD. The film recounts Sassoon’s seven years in a Sephardi orphanage, how he fought in the British anti-fascist brigade, 43 Group, served in Israel’s War of Independence and returned to London to start a career that would make him the most recognized hair-stylist on the planet. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble at Third Street Promenade, 1201 Third St., Santa Monica. (310) 260-9110. barnesandnoble.com.
PERLMAN AND BEETHOVEN The iconic Israeli American violinist Itzhak Perlman leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performances of Beethoven’s “Two Romances,” “Symphony No. 8” and “Symphony No. 5” at the Hollywood Bowl. Tue. 8 p.m. $1.75-$140. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
WED | SEPT 7
AVI ISSACHAROFF Haaretz’s Palestinian and Arab affairs correspondent discusses the Palestinian bid for recognition in the United Nations. Issacharoff addresses several pertinent questions, including, “What will happen the day after the U.N. vote?” “Will negotiations be possible, and if not, what will fill the vacuum?” and “How do we talk about the current moment and the process that led here?” Wed. 7-9 p.m. Free. Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3200. jewishla.org.
LIMMUDLA@ANGEL CITY BREWING Schmooze, enjoy a variety of craft beers — including brews named after Che Guevara and jazz greats Charlie Parker and Lester Young — and engage in a half-hour learning session with Limmudnik Marcus Freed, who discusses “When Is a Jew Not a Jew? Moving Beyond Boxes and Focusing on What’s Truly Important.” Thu. 7-11:30 p.m. Free (entry only, beer not included). Angel City Brewing, 216 S. Alameda St., downtown. (310) 499-1787. limmudla.org.
FRI | SEPT 9
SECOND ANNUAL SHABBAT AT THE BEACH BBQ Celebrate Shabbat California-style: on the beach as the sun goes down, with barbecued food and good people. Organized by Reconstructionist synagogue Kehillat Israel, the synagogue recommends that attendees pre-order food by Sept. 6. For non-reserved attendees, there will be limited food and prices will be higher. Fri. 5 p.m. (festivities), 7 p.m. (service). $8 (hot dog meal), $10 (portobello mushroom burger meal), $10 (grilled chicken breast meal), $36 (family four-pack of any combination of the meals). Will Rogers State Beach, 15800 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. kehillatisrael.org.
(CURRENT EVENTS) Reza Aslan, the Iranian American author of “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam” and editor of the recently released anthology “Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes From the Modern Middle East,” lectures on “Iran, Israel and The U.S.: Conflict or Cooperation?” Afterward, he discusses the topic with Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe and signs copies of his books. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
FRI | JAN 7
(RELATIONSHIPS) Learn the characteristics of a healthy relationship as therapist Karen Kass leads a discussion during Marriage, Myths & Martinis. Shabbat chicken dinner is included, a vegetarian option available. Fri. 6:30 p.m. (Shabbat service), 7:30 p.m. (dinner). $36 (per couple). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-2384. tbala.org.
SAT | JAN 8
(MUSIC) Kol Echad, Milken high school’s a cappella group, performs a benefit concert to raise funds for the Israeli orphans of Yemin Orde Youth Village, who lost their homes in the recent Carmel Fire. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $10-$36 (VIP packages also available). Robert Margolis Theatre, Milken Community High School, 15800 Zeldins Way, Los Angeles. (310) 440-3500. milkenschool.org/onevoice.
SUN | JAN 9
(SYMPOSIUM) Celebrate the life and work of Avraham Sutzkever, a Yiddish poet who helped form the avant-garde literary group known as Yung Vilne (Young Vilnius) in the 1930s. Sutzkever’s works chronicled his childhood in Siberia, his life in the Vilna Ghetto during World War II and his escape to join Jewish partisans. “Celebrating Sutzkever” features a keynote and discussion with Harvard’s Sutzkeva scholar Ruth Wisse, a family concert with youth choirs from Valley Beth Shalom and New Community Jewish High School as well as an evening concert that includes chamber music and art songs by Lithuanian composer Anatolijus Senderovas and Israeli German composer Gilead Mishory. A newly commissioned work for soprano and chamber ensemble by David Lefkowitz, UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music composition chair, will premiere at the event. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Free. (Dinner available for $10). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1279. ajula.edu.
(GENEALOGY) Got a grifter grandparent in your family tree? Ron Aron, author of “The Jews of Sing Sing” and the new book “Wanted: U.S. Criminal Records Sources & Research Methodology,” shows you how to track down your jailbird relatives, access their records and put their mug shots up on your Facebook page during “Wrongful (W)rascals of the West: Researching Jewish Criminals and Black Sheep Relatives.” Sun. 1:30 p.m. Free (Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles members), $5 (guests). University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. jgsla.org.
MON | JAN 10
(EDUCATION) “Outside the Classroom,” the 31st annual BJE Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute, focuses on the child-directed Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and ways to help children connect with nature. Topics include “Jewish Connections to Nature and the Outdoor Classroom,” “Everything You Do Indoors Can Be Done Outdoors” and “Using Great Literature to Connect Children to Their Feelings.” The director and teachers from the host school, Adat Ari El, which is Reggio inspired and features an outdoor classroom, will be available to discuss adapting the approach for other early childhood centers. Mon. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $100. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (323) 761-8635. bjela.org.
WED | JAN 12
(ISRAEL) ALOUD at Central Library’s Interfaith Series features “I Shall Not Hate” author Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Gazan fertility specialist who lost three of his daughters during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, appears in conversation with Washington Post journalist Laura Blumenfeld, author of “Revenge: A Story of a Hope.” In her memoir, Blumenfeld recounts her search for the Palestinian man who shot her father while he was visiting Israel. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org.
THU | JAN 13
(POLITICS) The National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) hosts a discussion with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who will offer “An Inside Report … What’s Happening on the Hill.” Thu. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
(MUSIC) Tufts University’s co-ed Jewish a cappella group Shir Appeal, which sings Jewish folks songs, Israeli rock, liturgical music and American songs with Jewish themes, performs at Temple Akiba. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-5873. templeakiba.net.
FRI | JAN 14
(SHABBAT) Rabbis, reverends and artists lead a musical Unity Shabbat service at Sinai Temple in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Special guests include the Rev. Mark Whitlock of the COR AME Church, the Rev. Jeffrey R. Thomas of Skid Row’s Central City Community Church, and journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, who leads a discussion on “Faith and Future in the Middle East.” Following the service, attendees can participate in a peanut butter-and-jelly assembly line to make sandwiches that will be given out to the homeless. And ATID hosts the ATID LOUNGE for 20- and 30-somethings. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
Cheesecake might be a crowd-pleaser when it comes to desserts, but for calendars the appeal is slightly more limited.
The trend that started with barely there pinups in World War II has become so acceptable in recent years that it's served as a fundraising vehicle for various charities, inspiring the PG-13 film, “Calendar Girls.” These racy, tongue-in-cheek calendars are also an inspiration for Jamie Sneider, whose photos appear on every page of the “Jamie Sneider: Year of the Jewish Woman” calendar for 2009.
Most of the photos feature Sneider, dressed in bikini bottoms, swapping her top for matzah balls, challahs, bagels, black-and-white cookies and other culinary Jewish favorites. In addition to filled champagne flutes for New Year's Day and Chinese takeout boxes and movie popcorn for Christmas, the calendar also takes an irreverent approach to the Jewish holidays, including Tu B'Shevat (two seedlings) and a strategically placed etrog and lulav for Sukkot.
“I wanted to celebrate the Jewish woman in a way that we might not think of her, but to also celebrate the religion in a unique way … and to get a couple chuckles,” Sneider said.
In contrast to Hollywood producer Adam Cohen's “Nice Jewish Guys 2009,” featuring marriageable professionals with their clothes on, Sneider doesn't portray a nice Jewish gal as much as she does a nice Jewish stripper. Still, the for-profit calendar and its more than 60 images were carefully planned to assure the accuracy of each religious reference.
“Even though it's a comedic calendar, it could not be amateur. It had to look professional and beautiful,” she said.
The total cost to produce 1,000 calendars and several posters — $18,000.
The money was a family investment, she said. Her parents were a little surprised but were ultimately happy that Sneider “was getting back into [her] religion in a unique way.”
Unique is definitely the word. The month of March features a classic Purim charm: two groggers and a poppyseed hamantaschen that requires a double-take. April offers Sneider as human seder plate with a sexually provocative question for the second night: “Guess where I hid the afikomen?”
The calendar also includes Hebrew dates, religious holidays (some secular included), a glossary of Jewish terminology and the weekly Torah portion.
A native of Wayland, Mass., Sneider isn't just skin, bones and baked goods. She earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts at the Experimental Theatre Wing, has worked as an actress for “Late Night With Conan O'Brien” and performed solo shows throughout New York City.
Shortly before leaving New York, she started a humor blog, Reluctantly Moving to L.A., which she still maintains, even though she now resides happily in Los Angeles.
The blog was actually the starting point for the calendar, Sneider said. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to her photos, she decided to make her idea a reality. Since the release of her calendar in mid-October, Sneider has made a television appearance on the KTLA “Morning Show” and done a radio interview on Sirus' Playboy Radio channel.
Although “Jewish Woman” will undoubtedly offend people, Sneider doesn't think it crosses a sacrilegious line.
“We only used symbols of celebration as opposed to religious items for the photo shoots. If anything, it's an ode to my religion and completely expresses my love of Judaism,” Sneider said. “Hopefully, this calendar can encourage people to express their identity more openly.”
For more information about the “Jamie Sneider: Year of the Jewish Woman,” visit
MUSIC VIDEO: Tom Lehrer — ‘I’m spending Chanukah in Santa Monica’
Saturday, July 1 In time for summertime, the Skirball has rekindled its weekly Café Z live music series. Take advantage today, and head down to groove to Elliott Caine Quintet’s Afro-Cuban jazz beats. According to Caine’s Web site, KCRW’s Bo Leibowitz described him as a “terrific trumpet player, bandleader and composer … deserving of wider recognition.”
Noon-2 p.m. Free. Zeidler’s Café, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Sunday, July 2 Miami City Ballet whoops it up for its 20th anniversary, with its tour of performances of signature pieces by Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. Included are Robbins’ classic “Fancy Free,” which was the inspiration for the musical, “On the Town,” and Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs,” accompanied, as you might’ve guessed, by songs by the blue-eyed crooner.
June 30-July 2. $25-$95. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500
Monday, July 3 Shaken or stirred, the martini is more than a drink today. It is a symbol. Sculptor Thomas Mann asked artists to riff on it, reinterpreting the conical glass’ shape and context. “The Martini Show” premiered in New Orleans as a benefit for Craft Emergency Relief Fund. It runs here at Altered Space Gallery, through July 24.
Tuesday, July 4 What goes great with burgers and dogs? Your radio dial tuned to 89.9 KCRW-FM. Its special Independence Day programming features “a day of music by American artists who embrace the spirit of independence.” The lineup of musical patriots includes Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Patti Smith and the Dixie Chicks. The presentations feature music as well as interview clips and other materials.
Wednesday, July 5 Collapsing just moments after a performance of his stirring trio, “In memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich,” at the Jewish Music Commission concert last month, professor Joseph Dorfman was unable to be revived. He died at age 65. In his memory, a concert will be held this evening at Valley Beth Shalom, to benefit the newly founded fund in his name.
Thursday, July 6 Gay lovers struggle to deal with their oppressive societies against the backdrop of World War II France in the case of “A Love to Hide (Un Amour à Taire),” and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in the case of “Zero Degrees of Separation.” The two films are part of this year’s Outfest 24th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which begins today.
Times, prices and screening venues vary by film. Abovementioned films screen at Directors Guild Theatre, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
Friday, July 7 More lovers caught on opposite sides of the political fence emerge in the film, “Only Human.” Opening today, the Spanish production tells the farcical tale of Jewish Leni, who brings home her boyfriend, Rafi, to meet the folks. But madness ensues when they find out Rafi is Palestinian.
Laemmle Town Center 5, Encino. (818) 981-9811. Laemmle One Colorado, Pasadena. (626) 744-1244. www.laemmle.com” width=”15″ height=”1″ alt=””>
Hollywood Fight Club’s current production “A Lively … and Deathly Evening With Woody Allen” brings to the stage three written works by the Neurotic One. Woody Allen’s “God,” “Death Knocks” and “Mr. Big” all deal with existential dilemmas as only Allen can.
Through April 2. 8 p.m. (Saturdays), 8:30 p.m. (Thursdays), 3 p.m. (Sundays). $14. 6767 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite No. 6, Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (323) 465-0800.
Sunday, March 26
Jewish school spirit can be found in abundance on the USC campus this weekend. The Jewish Student Film Festival has coordinated a weekend of Jewish activities, which culminates in today’s film fest. Friday evening, attend Shabbat services at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion followed by Shabbat dinner at USC Hillel; Saturday, attend “Jewzika: A Night of Jewish Musicians” featuring Dov Kogen and the Hidden, SoCalled and the Moshav Band.
“Minimalist Jukebox,” L.A. Philharmonic’s minimalism festival, gives us music by Steve Reich on March 25 and 26, including “Tehillim,” the composer’s music for Psalms. Then today, also in conjunction with the Minimalist Jukebox, California EAR Unit explores the theme with Lamon Young’s “Composition No. 7,” David Rosenboom’s “The Seduction of Sapentia” and other works.
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Tuesday, March 28
Those seeking romance and mystery look no further than the last place you’d think of. National Council of Jewish Women steams things up with “An Evening of Literature and Conversation” with romance authors Loraine Despres and Dora Levy Mossanen, as well as mystery writer Rochelle Krich. Jewish Community Library Director Abigail Yasgur moderates.
7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 651-2930, ext. 512.
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Wednesday, March 29
Tonight it’s sex, drugs and a night at the Writers Bloc. Authors and cultural icons Erica Jong (“Fear of Flying”) and Jerry Stahl (“Permanent Midnight”) converse about writing at the Skirball.
Step inside to view the Getty Garden — as photographed by Becky Cohen — at the Persimmon gallery. Lovely permanent pigment prints from transparencies Cohen shot for the book “Robert Irwin Getty Garden” are on view through April 22.
310 N. Flores St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-9540.
Friday, March 31
“Methodfest,” the only film festival “dedicated to the actor,” opens tonight and continues through April 7. Count on panels, tributes, workshops, galas and plenty of self-importance. But you can also catch a few intriguing indie flicks, including tonight’s opening coming-of-age film, “Dreamland,” starring Agnes Bruckner, John Corbett and Gina Gershon, among others.
Keshet Chaim Dancers and the Idan Raichel Project come together tonight to raise funds for some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews awaiting immigration to Israel. Raichel hasn’t made it to L.A. since last February, so this one-night-only concert might be your only chance for a while to see the ensemble voted “Group of the Year 2005” in Israel. Keshet Chaim will open with colorful dance numbers, including one that combines traditional Yemenite dance with hip-hop.
8 p.m. $45-$150. Kodak Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. (213) 480-3232.
Sunday, November 20
Celebrate L.A. Jewish authors today at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center. Jewish Federation of San Gabriel Valley presents a special multiauthor day as part of its Jewish Book Festival, which begins with a bagel breakfast with Rabbi Abner Weiss, author of “Connecting to God: Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychology,” and continuing with a “Mystery Mavens” mystery writers panel and box lunch program featuring authors Rochelle Krich, Jerrilyn Farmer and Robert Levinson. The day concludes with an afternoon appearance by Peter Lefcourt, author of “The Manhattan Beach Project.” Attend one event or all three.
Now’s your chance to respond in person to Maureen Dowd’s doomsday New York Times column on the state of women today. The Writers Bloc presents Dowd, author of “Are Men Necessary?,” in conversation with her former boyfriend, “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin.
American Jewish Committee and Temple Beth Sholom join with various Christian, Catholic, Muslim and Sikh organizations for a special Orange County-wide interfaith Thanksgiving service, celebrating the diversity of America’s cultures and faiths. The themes of hunger and homelessness will also be addressed, and participants are encouraged to donate to Orange County’s Second Harvest.
7 p.m. Free. Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Chapman University Campus, University Drive, Orange. (949) 660-8525.
Wednesday, November 23
Now at the Jewish Artist Network (JAN) Gallery is the group show, “Chance,” an exhibition of abstract paintings “for peace and the future.” The seven exhibitors will donate 20 percent of sales to the purchase of art supplies for underprivileged children.
Through Nov. 28. 8 p.m.-midnight (Tues., Thurs. and Sat.) or by appointment. 661 N. Spaulding Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 230-8193.
Thursday, November 24
What’s with Jewish guys wanting to be rappers? One more group for your, um, listening pleasure is Chutzpah, which recently released an eponymous CD. That is, if you can get over the hip-hop posturing and the disturbing image of the hairiest white guy we’ve seen in a basketball jersey.
Opening this week is the Hammer Museum’s “Masters of 20th Century American Comics” exhibition. The extensive show features in depth views of works by 15 of the most celebrated American comic strip and comic book creators, including Harvey Kurtzman (Mad Magazine), R. Crumb (Zap Comix contributor) and Art Spiegleman (“Maus”).
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7041.
Temple Bat Yahm: 8 p.m. Moscow Male Jewish Choir performs. 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. (949) 644-1999.
KCET: 9 p.m. “Thunder in Guyana” portrays the life of Janet Rosenberg, an American Jew and the first American-born woman to lead a nation, as president of Guyana. www.kcet.org.
April 17 /SUNDAY
USC: 1 p.m. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on her Jewish background’s impact on her political life. Free. Davidson Conference Center, Exposition Boulevard and S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 740-3405.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Storyopolis: 1 p.m. “Shep ‘n’ Dave –Passover Shtick” with David Steinberg. “Club Pet and Other Funny Poems” book signing follows. 116 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 358-2500.
Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity: 7 p.m. “Capturing America’s Heart and Soul: Musical Interpretations of America’s Land and People by Jewish Musical Greats Who Showcased America to the World!” $15-$18. Emanuel Arts Theater, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (323) 658-5824.
Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation: 8:45 a.m. Mega Mitzvah Day. Participate in one of more than two dozen L.A. service projects. 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328.
The Southern California Warsaw Ghetto Anniversary Committee: 2 p.m. Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Annual Commemoration featuring “Return to the Unfinished Road.” Free. Institute of Jewish Education, 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
OASIS: 1:30-3 p.m. Yiddish Conversation Group for Seniors. $5. Jewish Family Service, 8838 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-8053.
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Temple Beth Torah: 9:30 a.m. Shabbos at the Shul pancake breakfast. 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. R.S.V.P., (805) 647-4181.
Aish L.A.: 8 p.m. Rabbi Noach Orlowek on “God: The Real Deal.” Motzei Shabbos and dessert. $10. Boxenbaum Family Aish Outreach Center, 9100 W. Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672, ext. 303.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
AhmansonTheatre: 7:30 p.m.
Final performance of “Caroline, or Change.” $35-$90. 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772.
City of Hope Singers: 1:30 p.m.
“Music of the Magi” at the Richard Nixon Library. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. (714) 993-3393.
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OASIS: 1:30-3 p.m. Weekly Yiddish conversation group for seniors. 8838 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-8053.
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Brandeis-Bardin Institute: Dec. 21-Dec. 26. Camp Alonim winter experience for kids in grades 2-11. (805) 582-4450.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles Master Chorale: 7 p.m. Latin holiday music celebration featuring jazz and vocal artists. $10-$79. Walt Disney Concert Hall,
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
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Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring:
Workmen’s Circle: 6:30 p.m. “Jewish Vegetarianism” vegetarian potluck and talk with Gene Gordon. Bring a dish or beverage to serve eight to 10 people. Free. R.S.V.P., (310) 552-2007.
Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring:
Shalhevet Middle School: 10 a.m. Open house for grades 5-8.
910 S. Farifax Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 930-9333, ext. 230.
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Jewish Family Service and Friendship Circle: 7:30-9 p.m. Support group for parents of children with special needs. Meets on first and third Thursdays of each month.
The New JCC at Milken,
22622 Vanowen St., West Hills.
Orthodox Union: Dec. 23-Dec. 26. West Coast Torah Convention. For more information, see article on page 19.
Sunshine Seniors Club: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Weekly meeting at new location. Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 764-4532.
Jewish Family Service and Friendship Circle: 7:30-9 p.m. Support group for parents of children with special needs. Meets on first and third Thursdays of each month. The New JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3333.
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Jewish Outdoor Adventures: 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day Hike to Eagle Rock with the Sierra Club. Topanga State Park, 20825 Entrada Road, Los Angeles. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Singles, Meet! (30s-40s): “What’s a nice Jewish guy or gal doing on Dec. 25?” party. $10. Sylmar residence. R.S.V.P., (818) 750-0095.
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Harbor Jewish Singles (55+): 1 p.m. Lunch and a movie at Metro Point. (714) 633-8878.
Chai Center: 2-5 p.m. “Not a Christmas Party” for all ages at private outdoor location. $10. Hancock Park. R.S.V.P., (310) 391-7995.
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Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Classes by Israel Yakove meet Mondays and Thursdays. $7. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-2550.
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West Valley JCC: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with James Zimmer. $5-$6. Salsa, swing and tango lessons for an additional $3 (7-8 p.m.). (310) 284-3638.day
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Nexus (20s-40s): 6 p.m. Volleyball and
no-host dinner at a local restaurant. End of Culver Boulevard, near court 15,
Playa del Rey. www.jewishnexus.org.
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Conversations at Leon’s: 7 p.m. “First Dates, What They Say About You.” $15-$17.
639 26th St., Santa Monica. (310) 393-4616.
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New Age Singles (55+): New Year’s Eve party with bus to Glendale, dinner and the play, “Come Blow Your Horn.” $60-$62. R.S.V.P., (818) 347-8355.
Santa Monica Art Studios: 6-9 p.m. Grand opening of Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin’s airport hanger art studios, including works by Shelley Adler. 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 397-7449.
Yiddishkayt Los Angeles: “L.A. Confidential: The Hidden Story of Yiddish in Los Angeles” weeklong celebration of Yiddish culture in Los Angeles. See story on page 33.
City of Hope: 8:30 a.m. Eighth-annual “Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer” 1-mile walk. $15-$30. City of Hope Campus, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte. (213) 241-7184.
Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary: 11 a.m. Memorial to honor entertainer Eddie Cantor with service conducted by Rabbi Sheldon Pennes. 6001 Centinela Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 576-1994.
American-Israel Cultural Foundation: 5 p.m. Special concert and dinner in memory of Seymour Owens and Dr. David and Helene Rottapel. Musical program features Israeli classical clarinetist, Tibi Cziger. $150. Wyndham Bel Age Hotel. West Hollywood.
University of Judaism: 7-9:30 p.m. Movie screening of “Outfoxed” followed by interview with director Robert Greenwald conducted by Rob Eshman, editor-in-chief of The Jewish Journal. $10. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246.
New Community Jewish High School: 10:30 a.m.- noon. Open house.
7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills.
Valley Beth Shalom/Americans for a Safe Israel: 10:30 a.m. “What Is at Stake for American Jews and for Israel in the Forthcoming Elections?” Public debate with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Van Nuys) and Republican Robert M. Levy, moderated by Rabbi Edward Feinstein. Free. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000.
Westlake Hyatt: 2 p.m. Lecture “On how to solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” with Josef Avesar. Coffee and cookies included. Free. 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 324-3182.
University of Judaism: 2 p.m. Comedy and music series, “A Conversation With Michael Feinstein.” $40. 15600 Mulholland Drive,Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1547.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cal State University Northridge:
2 p.m. “An Afternoon with Theodore Bikel: The Man and His Music” with special guest star Lainie Nelson. Performing Arts Center,
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. R.S.V.P., (818) 785-8885.
Skirball Cultural Center: 4 p.m. L.A. Theatre Works presents “Ride Down Mt. Morgan” by Arthur Miller.
$25-$42. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889.
Roosevelt Hotel: Michael Levine and Friends. $30. Cinegrill, The Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. R.S.V.P.,
Temple Judea: 9:30 a.m. Project Vote Smart with Paul and Tad Franz. Free. 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana.
UCLA: 6 p.m. Introduction to Info-Aesthetics with Lev Manovich. Free.
104 Kinross Building, 11000 Kinross Ave., Westwood Village.
Pressman Academy: 7-9 p.m. Beginning and intermediate Hebrew class for parents. Also on Tuesday mornings starting Oct. 12. $125 (10 classes). 1055 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 652-2002.
Israeli Dancing: 7:30-10 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with Jason Hecht.
$5-$6. Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601.
Hadassah: 11:30 a.m. Kinneret luncheon meeting with fashion show by Vivian. $20. Marriot Hotel,
13480 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey.
Temple Beth Sholom: 6-9 p.m. Simcha Fair with photographers, videographers, caterers and DJs.
2625 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Iranian American Parents Association: 7-10 p.m. See a performance by the AVAZ International Dance Theatre. $100. Grand Ballroom, Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 663-2829.
Skirball Cultural Center: 7:30 p.m. “Los Angeles Now” documentary about the transformation of Los Angeles, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez, Fernando Guerra, Joel Kotkin, the Rev. Robert B. Lawton and DJ Waldie. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.
Magicopolis: 7:30 p.m. “Challenging Politics” with Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning media critic, in conversation with Scott Carter, executive producer of “Real Time With Bill Maher.” $25. 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 471-3979.
Adat Ari El Sisterhood: 9:30 a.m.-noon. Multi-Interest Day Showcase of Classes 2004-2005, with coffee and food. 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.
Temple Beth Torah: 6:30 p.m. Rosh Chodesh meditation service led by Cantor Sharone Rosen. 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. (818) 831-0835.
Israel Cancer Research Fund: 7 p.m. “Everything You Ever Want to Know About Prostate Caner” lecture with urologic surgeon Dr. Dudley S. Danoff. $7. Loews Beverly Hills Hotel, 1224 Beverwil Drive, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (323) 651-1200.
Yoga and Jewish Mysticism:
7:30-9 p.m. “Yoga and the Kabbalistic Tree of Life” taught by Dr. Hannah Chusid. $80 for six-series classes.
2236 26th St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 450-0133.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cerritos Center of the Performing Arts: 7:30 p.m. Sierra Nights with violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendal and double bassist Ranaan Meyer perform “Time for Three” eclectic string program ensemble. $20. Sierra Room Theatre, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345.
Santa Monica Public Libary: 7 p.m. See a screening of Isaac Bashevis Singers’ “The Cafeteria” with Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan as master of ceremonies. The Arcadia, 250 Santa Monica Pier, next to the carousel, Santa Monica.
Hadassah Metro: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Your Body Is a Beautiful Responsibility: Women’s Health Day,” includes continental breakfast and kosher lunch. $25-$30. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 276-0036.
Sinai Akiba: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Open house. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 481-3282.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Gallery Row Organization:
Noon-9 p.m. Downtown Art Walk, including walking tours of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Neon Art, Gallery
727, Bert Fine Art, Art Share and Milla Angelina Gallery. Free. www.downtownartwalk.com.
Temple Adat Elohim: 7-9 p.m. Eighteen-week course on the basic principles and practices of Judaism. 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 907-8740.
Congregation Kehilas Yaakov:
8 p.m. Prepare yourself for Shabbat with Rabbi Yissochar Frand’s contemporary halacha class on the weekly parsha. 7211 Beverly Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 932-6333.
Jewish Renewal Education Conference: Early registration deadline for the Nov. 10-12 conference “Tikkun HaNefesh: Renewing the Spirit through Jewish Education.” Temple Beth Shalom, Chandler, Ariz. www.spiritedjew.org.
UCLA Live: 8 p.m. Paul Krugman, New York Times op-ed columnist and Princeton professor, shares his views on topics from economy to government to corporate scandals. Royce Hall. Westwood. (310) 825-2101.
Congregation B’nai Israel: Seventh- and eighth-grade community Shabbaton with 150 youth from 16 congregations of Orange County and Long Beach. One Federation Way, Irvine. (949) 435-3450.
Emma Lazarus Jewish Women’s Club: Noon. Monthly luncheon with speaker Larry Frank, attorney and political analyst who will talk about the upcoming election. $6.50. 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles.
Adat Chaverim: 7:30 p.m. Valley Congregation for Humanistic Judaism meeting. 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 623-7363.
Screamfest: 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Horror Film Festival 2004 runs until Oct. 24 and celebrates the independent filmmakers, including Stan Winston who will receive a career achievement away. Screening of “Cube Zero” followed by Q-and-A with director Ernie Barbarash. Loews Universal Studios Cinemas, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (310) 358-3273.
Jewish Sports Connection seeks young writers, ages 12-16, for its quarterly publication sponsored by The Center for Sport and Jewish Life. For more information, contact:
The Center for Sport and Jewish Life, P.O. Box 66461,
St. Petersburg, FL 33736
or JewishSport@yahoo.com and specify “young writers” in subject line.
Singles Helping Others: Friends of the Family: Second annual festival of readers at L.A. Mission College.
13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar. R.S.V.P., (818) 884-5332.
Jewish Singles, Meet! (30s-40s):
5 p.m. Buffet dinner followed by a movie in Northridge. R.S.V.P.,
Magbit: 7:30 p.m. Red II cocktail party, must wear something red to get in. 450 Trousdale Place, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (310) 472-9363.
Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: 8 p.m. See the musical “The Boyfriend” a romantic spoof about the roaring ’20s. $24. R.S.V.P., (310) 203-1312.
Singles Helping Others: 10 a.m.-
2 p.m. Build float for the Rose Parade. Sierra Madre. R.S.V.P., (818) 345-8802.
Harbor Jewish Singles (55+): 11 a.m. Walking in Huntington Beach, bring your own lunch and picnic in the park. Meet in front of the Huntington Beach Playhouse. 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. (714) 751-0469.
Nexus: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fright Fest at Magic Mountain. www.jewishnexus.org.
Balboa Park: 11 a.m. Walk around the park and lake followed by a picnic you bring yourself. Meet at the parking lot with the red balloons. R.S.V.P., (310) 204-1240.
International and Israeli folk dancing: 7 p.m. Dancing with Avi Gabay. Avant Garde Ballroom,
4220 Scott Drive, Newport Beach. (310) 560-4262.
Project Next Step: 8 p.m. “Coffee Talk” with coffee and pastries. $7. 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
(310) 552-4595, ext. 27.
The New JCC at Milken: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with instructor James Zimmer. $5-$6.
22622 Vanowen St., West Hills.
Westwood Singles (45+): 7:30 p.m. Discussing on “Why do people outgrow each other?” with therapist Maxine Geller. $10. R.S.V.P.,
New Age Singles (55+): 6 p.m. Valley dinner group no-host dinner. R.S.V.P., (818) 789-9421.
Nexus (20s-40s): 6 p.m. Volleyball followed by dinner at a local restaurant. End of Culver Boulevard, near court 15, Playa del Rey. www.jewishnexus.org.
Conversations at Leon’s: 7 p.m. Discuss “Why Should We Vote?” with Mark Austin Thomas, L.A. radio executive and personality. $15-$17.
639 26th St., Santa Monica.
New Start/Millionaire’s Circle:
7:30 p.m. Social and light dinner in Brentwood, ages 21-49 and in Beverly Hills, ages 50+. For those who are or have the potential to be. R.S.V.P.,
Kosher Shabbat Singles Dinner: Men ages 40-55 and women ages 35-45 are invited to attend. Call for location. R.S.V.P., (310) 277-8177.
New Age Singles (55+): 6 p.m. Shabbat Fest at Valley Beth Shalom with musical entertainment, dinner and services. Meet at Densmore Street and Ventura Boulevard. R.S.V.P.,