Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 13-July 22, 2011
WED | JULY 13
JNET NORTH VALLEY MEETING
The nonprofit holds a social event for Jewish business people and professionals to network. So, come and eat, chat and make those connections. Guest speakers will be Randy Schwartz and David Stein. Wed. 7-9 p.m. Free. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 426-6340. jewishbusinessnetworking.org.
THU | JULY 14
JNFUTURE SUMMER SOIREE
Tonight’s party, organized by the young leadership division of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), raises funds for Friends of Israel Firefighters, a project that purchases equipment, trucks and facilities for the Israel Fire and Rescue Services. Thurs. 7-11 p.m. $40 (pre-registration), $50. Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 964-1400. jnf.org.
IDAN RAICHEL AND INDIA.ARIE
Raichel, an Israeli native and renowned world musician, joins fellow long-haired sonic soul mate Arie, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, for tonight’s concert. The two collaborated on an upcoming album, set to be released in the fall, “Open Door.” A reprisal of their performance at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony last year, expect soulful vocals about social unity (in Hebrew and English), and a healthy fusion of pop, folk and R&B. Thu. 8 p.m. $65-$105. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.
SARAH SILVERMAN AND FRIENDS
Back from her June trip to Tel Aviv, the always irreverent and raunchy comedian performs at Largo with guest stand-up comics. Past guests have included Aziz Ansari and Louie CK. Silverman often experiments with new material and plays acoustic guitar during her shows at this intimate venue (which has general admission seating). Must be 18 or older to attend. No late entry. Thu. 7:30 p.m. (bar opens), 9 p.m. (show). $25. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.
FRI | JULY 15
DAPHNA EDWARDS ZIMAN
The founder and chair of Children Uniting Nations discusses and signs copies of her new thriller, “The Gray Zone,” which raises awareness about issues facing foster children. The New York Times best-selling book follows Kelly Jensen, a bold identify thief raised in an abusive home, who uses her skills to save foster kids from trafficking and other abuses. Fri. 2 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.
The classical music ensemble, which includes musicians from 20 countries under the direction of maestro Eduard Schmieder, performs the L.A. premiere of Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s “Concert Grosso and the U.S. premiere of Kareem Roustom’s “Three Klezmer Dances.” Fri. 8:30 p.m. $20 (nonmembers), free (members). Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 205-0511. ipalpiti.org. ipalpiti.org.
Spend Shabbat shmoozing and worshipping with people in their 20s and 30s. Organized by Valley Ruach, the young professionals organization of Conservative synagogue Adat Ari El, a happy hour with snacks and cocktails starts off the evening. Afterward, a guitar-accompanied service makes praying accessible for those who don’t go to synagogue often; a kosher, catered meal follows. Fri. 7-10 p.m. $9 (members), $12 (nonmembers). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 835-2139. valleyruach.org.
SAT | JULY 16
GRIFFITH PARK HIKE
Celebrate Shabbat outdoors by hitting the trails with Birthright Israel NEXT. Sat. 10:30 a.m.-noon. The Trails Cafe, 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles (meeting place). (310) 601-7878. losangeles.birthrightisrael.com.
Trapped in the Valley during Carmageddon? Consider heading north for an evening of stand-up comedy in Valencia. A self-proclaimed “MacJew” — a riff on how he looks more Irish than Jewish — Hofstetter is an outspoken social commentator and boasts a encyclopedic knowledge of sports. Australian comedian Fox Klein opens the show. Sat. 9 p.m. $12-$20. J.R.’s Comedy Club, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. (661) 259-2291. comedyinvalencia.com.
SUN | JULY 17
CREEPY CRAWLY CRITTERS
Bugs might seem icky, but they are an important part of the environment. During today’s presentation, children (ages 8 and under) can learn how insects like caterpillars and bees help plants grow, and they can create a caterpillar of their very own. Sun. 3-4 p.m. $8 (adults), $5 (children 2 and over), free (children under 2). Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8989. zimmermuseum.org.
LIVE AT ‘THE-J’
Still stuck in the Valley? Drop by tonight’s gala to celebrate the North Valley Jewish Community Center’s 55th anniversary. Dinner, dancing and entertainment, including songs and skits presented by the Center Players, highlight the affair. Sun 5-10 p.m. $100. Knollwood Country Club, 12040 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. (818) 360-2211. nvjcc.org.
WED | JULY 20
L.A. GALAXY JEWISH COMMUNITY NIGHT
Cantor Yonah Kliger of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills sings the national anthem as the L.A. Galaxy faces off against the Columbus Crew. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $36. The Home Depot Center, 18400 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 288-3737. tebh.org.
YOUNG ADULT SUMMER SOIREE
Young professionals (ages 25 to 45) mingle, network and enjoy kitschy fun, including a photo booth, a handwriting analyst and a caricature artist at tonight’s swanky poolside bash at the W Hotel. Organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Young Leadership Division. Wed. 7-10:30 p.m. $20 (advance), $25 (door). W Hotel, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8324. jewishla.org.
THU | JULY 21
Genius, recluse, champion, outcast — the true story of chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer comes to the stage. The Actors’ Gang production examines Fischer’s often self-destructive obsession with the game and his complicated relationships with women, including his mother. Charting his rise as the world’s foremost chess player, “Mate” follows Fisher through his downfall as he becomes increasingly paranoid and isolated from society. Written by Lolly Ward and directed by Eric Tucker, the play offers a unique portrait of a man who was once the public face of American dominance during the Cold War. Thu. Through Aug. 6. 8 p.m. $10 (advance), pay-what-you-can (door). The Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-4264. theactorsgang.com.
TRAVELING PICKLE FACTORY
Learn the history of the American kosher dill, how to make one and what makes a pickle kosher. Rabbi Shmuel Marcus of Chabad of Cypress leads the interactive workshop, part of Grand Performances, an outdoor summer entertainment series in Los Angeles held at downtown’s California Plaza. RSVP for do-it-yourself pickle kit to email@example.com (only 150 kits available, limit two kits per e-mail address). Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
FRI | JULY 22
Tonight’s program, “Holy Marriage — Wholly Meaningful,” includes Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, singing, dancing and a discussion on how Jewish teachings can create successful marriages. For newly married couples (five years or less) and engaged couples only. Fri. 6:30 p.m. (services). 7:45 p.m. (program). $36 (per couple). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.