“This American Life” has earned acclaim for its in-depth coverage of news stories and unlikely subject matter. The popular radio program has redefined the way stories are told. Glass, host of “This American Life,” appears in person to reveal how the culturally significant weekly show went about “Reinventing Radio.” Live at his radio desk, Glass shares the secrets for how he unearths the drama and humor in everyday true stories, mixing clips, music and his own penetrating narration. Sat. 8 p.m. $48. Carpenter Performing Arts Center. 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. (562) 985-7000. carpenterarts.org.
SUN FEB 10
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ annual volunteer-staffed phone-a-thon raises funds to help care for Jews in need, engage with the community and ensure the Jewish future. Shifts are available in both the Mid-City and Valley locations, including with Federation’s Young Adults of Los Angeles (must be 18 or older). Also, today marks the Federation’s first community service day of 2013. Sun. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5-9 p.m.: Jewish Federation, Goldsmith Center, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., noon-4 p.m., 4-8 p.m.: Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana; 5-9 p.m.: YALA at The Goldsmith Center. Visit jewishla.org to register or for more information.
“THE STREISAND SONGBOOK”
Singer and film icon Barbra Streisand connects with audiences of all ages and inspires artists of every generation. One of these is singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, who appears at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to perform music from Streisand’s timeless songbook, including “People,” “On a Clear Day,” “Evergreen” and “Cry Me a River.” The composer of more than 250 songs, from television themes to Broadway show numbers, Callaway was asked by Streisand to write the lyrics for the song she sang to James Brolin at their wedding. Lyricist Alan Bergman joins Callaway in a special guest appearance. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $50.50-$119.50. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
WED FEB 13
“VIBRANT AND RIVETING: JEWISH ROOTS IN AMERICAN MUSIC”
Robert Greenberg, world-famous teacher, composer and raconteur, wears his admiration of Aaron Copland and George Gershwin on his sleeve as he performs and lectures about selections from the composers’ catalogs at Sinai Temple. Greenberg shows how these two composers drew on their Jewish roots and combined their own work with African-American and other indigenous American sounds to create the first truly American concert music. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $8 (Sinai Temple members), $16 (general). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
THU FEB 14
“I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY”
This one-act play for elementary and middle-school students follows child inmates of the Terezin concentration camp who created art as a way to escape the horrors of camp life. “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” centers around Raja, who shares her story about life in the camp, including creating a world of flowers and butterflies behind barbed wire. When Raja befriends Honza, the two unite the segregated boys and girls houses through a secret newspaper, Vedem. Several performances will be followed by conversations with Holocaust survivors. Thu. Through Feb. 17. Performance times: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. $12.50. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 497-2787, ext. 1. lagunaplayhouse.com.
L.A. RISING FOR WOMEN
Eve Ensler’s taboo-busting feminist hit, “The Vagina Monologues,” spawned the worldwide V-Day movement, which has raised millions to end violence against women. A nonprofit charity created in 1998, V-Day uses art, activism and international activities to educate and change social attitudes toward violence against women, even sending a delegation of women to Israel, Egypt and Jordan in 2003 to spread the word. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of V-Day with a live DJ and band, dance crew, V-Day drinks, a photo booth and more. Performers include DJ Nova Jade, who contributes to the Jewish Journal’s Oy Gay blog. The U.S. National Committee for UN Women participates. Thu. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $10 (presale), $12 (door). The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. onebillionrising.org.
FRI FEB 15
Gathering testimonies from the descendants of Nazi officials, “Hitler’s Children,” a new documentary by Israeli director Chanoch Ze’evi, follows the descendants of Hitler’s inner circle as they struggle with their family legacies. Among them is Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank and godson of Hitler, who despises his father’s past so much that he has spent his entire adult life writing negatively about him, and Bettina Goering, great-niece of Hermann Goering, who lives in voluntary exile and decided, along with her brother, to get sterilized so as to not pass on the Goering name or blood. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 12, seniors). Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd. Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
Shame on multi-national corporations working with Iran!
Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron leads “Mystical Music and Dance of the Middle East.” Uniting Arabic, Jewish and Christian performers, the concert, part of the World City series at downtown’s Music Center, features songs of Sufi origin from Turkey, Jewish prayers from Morocco, Yemen and Israel, and chants from the Christian Armenian Church accompanied by Middle Eastern stringed instruments, a whirling dervish and a belly dancer. Sat. 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Free. The Music Center, W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 972-4396. musiccenter.org.
“LEAVING THE LAND OF ROSES”
Featuring artwork by Iranian-Jewish artists David Abir, Krista Nassi, Tal Shochat and Marjan Vayghan, the Shulamit Gallery’s second inaugural exhibition, a satellite show of the Fowler Museum’s “Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews,” explores what it means to be forced into exile while remaining connected to the sights, sounds and scents of a remembered landscape. Sat. 6-9 p.m. Exhibition runs through March 9. Free. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. RSVP required: (310) 281-0961. shulamitgallery.com.
SUN JAN 20
ED ASNER IN “A RADICAL FRIENDSHIP”
The unlikely friendship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel is the focus of this new play by American Jewish University Whizin Center instructor Jane Marla Robbins. Asner stars in this staged reading as the Polish-born Heschel, who walked arm-in-arm with King during the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Sun. 4 p.m. $45. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.
TUE JAN 22
Schloss, the childhood friend and stepsister of Anne Frank, appears in person to give a firsthand account of the discovery and printing of Frank’s diary as well as provide insights into Frank’s life. Much like Frank, Schloss survived the Holocaust hidden in a Dutch home before being discovered by the Nazis. A Holocaust educator based in London, Schloss is a trustee with the Anne Frank Educational Trust, U.K., and has shared her experience in the books “Eva’s Story” and “The Promise.” Tue. 6:30 p.m. Free. USC University Park Campus, Bovard Auditorium, Los Angeles. (213) 748-5884. chabadusc.com/anne.
Drawing comparisons to sophisti-pop chanteuse Sade, this soulful British-Jewish singer-songwriter is on the rise with a Mercury Music Prize nomination for her debut album, “Devotion.” Ware performs a free show at Amoeba Music and signs copies of her latest EP, “If You’re Never Gonna Move.” The South Londoner’s Wednesday show at the El Rey Theatre is already sold out, so don’t miss your chance to see her gratis. Tue. 6 p.m. Free. Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 245-6400. amoeba.com.
WED JAN 23
Kaplan, a Journal columnist and the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, discusses choices made, difficulties encountered and commitments solidified as part of USC’s “What Matters to Me and Why” series, which features speakers who helped shape the university. Kaplan draws on his broad career, which has spanned academia, government, politics, the entertainment industry and journalism. Wed. Noon-12:50 p.m. Free. USC University Park Campus, Ground Zero Performance Café main hall, Los Angeles. (213) 740-6110. learcenter.org.
FRI JAN 25
CENTENNIAL CIVIL RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Bet Tzedek Legal Services gather top-notch legal experts to take on challenging topics. Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, discusses “The Federal Courts and Civil Rights Today.” ADL legal affairs director Steven Freeman moderates a panel discussion on “Civil Rights Topics Facing Minority Communities” with civil rights attorneys Jon Davidson (Lambda Legal), Constance Rice (Advancement Project), Thomas Saenz (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and Karin Wang (Asian Pacific American Legal Center). Grant Specht, directing attorney at Bet Tzedek, addresses “Working With Challenging Clients: Ethics & Practical Solutions for Pro Bono Attorneys.” Fri. 8 a.m. (breakfast and registration), 8:30-noon (program). $36. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4244. regions.adl.org/pacific-southwest/events.
The best-selling author discusses “The Fifth Assassin,” the second entry in his Culper Ring trilogy. On the trail of a killer in Washington, D.C., who is re-creating the crimes of the four men who successfully assassinated U.S. presidents, archivist Beecher White discovers a shocking truth: All four assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, were secretly working together. Fri. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
Singer-songwriter Berger is likened to an Israeli Joni Mitchell. Toren is an acclaimed songwriter behind some of Israel’s biggest pop hits. The two appear together for an acoustic performance at The Mint. Sat. 9:30 p.m. $45 (presale), $50 (door). The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (408) 318-7143. broshproductions.com.
SUN DEC 9
Calling all kugel aficionados! Whether it’s sweet or savory, the kugel is the ultimate in Jewish-American culinary creativity when it comes to the holiday or family gathering. Today, bring your best kugel (or your favorite tasting fork) to Yiddishkayt’s third quadrennial Kugl Kukh-Off. Part of the Silverlake Independent JCC’s annual Festival of Lights, which features live entertainment and fun for the entire family. Kugel drop-off and registration starts at 11 a.m. and tasting begins at noon. Sun. noon-3 p.m. Kugl Kukh-Off: $2 (all the kugel you can eat and judge). Festival of Lights: free (adults), $15 (children). Silverlake Independent JCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 389-8880. yiddishkayt.org.
L.A. Clippers Jewish Heritage Day
Celebrate Chanukah with the Clippers as they square off against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Pregame warm-ups include a menorah lighting and a Q-and-A with rabbis. The Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble performs at halftime. Your Chanukah gift from the Clippers: a free T-shirt. Sun. 10:30 a.m. (pre-game), 12:30 p.m. (game time). $20-$62. Staples Center, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 742-7503. lajewishchamber.com.
A Holiday Celebration of Jewish Stories
Veteran actors Robert Lesser, Richard Fancy, Orson Bean and others bring to life stories by Saul Bellow, Sholem Aleichem, Grace Paley and Bernard Malamud, tracing the modern history of the Jews through fiction. The program includes Bellow’s “A Wen,” Aleichem’s “She Must Marry a Doctor,” Paley’s “The Loudest Voice” and Malamud’s “The Jewbird.” Directed and compiled by Matt Gottlieb. Sun. 2 p.m.; Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. $20. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-8392. pacificresidenttheatre.com.
MON DEC 10
Made up of former residents of Boyle Heights and Theodore Roosevelt High School alumni, this social club meets today for its 60th semi-annual luncheon. Former L.A. District Attorney Gil Garcetti appears as guest speaker. Mon. Noon. Free (lunch not included). Taix French Restaurant, 1911 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP to (310) 459-3620.
TUE DEC 11
Ronna & Beverly
Ronna Glickman (Jessica Chaffin) and Beverly Ginsburg (Jamie Denbo) are America’s favorite 50-something Jewish mothers. Between them they have seven marriages, three children, some step-kids they never talk about and a best-selling book, “You’ll Do a Little Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Re-marriage for Jewish Singles.” Tue. 8 p.m. $10. Upright Citizens Brigade, 5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.
THU DEC 13
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.
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Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2012
Smithsonian magazine hosts a free day at participating museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, The Grammy Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Autry National Center. Zimmer Children’s Museum, which is closed on Saturdays, will be open for Museum Day on Sunday, Sept. 30. Sat. Free (registration required, ticket information on Web site). Various times, locations. smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
[SUN SEPT 30]
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, sukkah 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 Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 466-6454. jewishla.org.
11TH ANNUAL WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR
West Hollywood’s celebration of the written word features more than 220 authors and artists. Speakers include “Saturday Night Live” alum Rachel Dratch (“Girl Walks Into a Bar”) and comedy writer David Misch (“Funny: The Book”); Journal columnist Bill Boyarsky (“Inventing L.A.”); political commentators Robert Scheer (“The Great American Stickup”) and Nancy L. Cohen (“Delirium”); novelists David Brin (“Existence”), Seth Greenland (“The Angry Buddhist”), Tod Goldberg (“Living Dead Girl”), Gregg Hurwitz (“The Survivor”), Stephen Jay Schwartz (“Beat”) and Jerry Stahl (“Pain Killers”); and children’s writers Amy Goldman Koss (“Side Effects”) and Eugene Yelchin (“Breaking Stalin’s Nose”). Attend writer’s workshops, poetry readings and performances, and peruse more than 75 exhibitor booths featuring publishers, booksellers and writing groups. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (includes admission, shuttle and parking). West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. westhollywoodbookfair.org.
[MON OCT 1]
Comedian Sarah Silverman joins actor Russell Brand and singer-songwriters Catie Curtis and Mary Gauthier in headlining this Americans United concert in support of church-state separation. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $25 (standing room), $50 (rear orchestra), $100 (front orchestra). El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. au.org/voices-united-la-tickets.
[TUE OCT 2]
YouTube clips of the Pittsburgh native effortlessly freestyling are viral classics, and his records — including debut album “Blue Slide Park” — showcase Miller’s knack for lacing his rhymes with humor. The 20-year-old rapper makes a stop in Los Angeles as part of his Macadelic Tour. Hip-hop act Travis Porter and rapper YG also perform. Tue. 8 p.m. $30-$35. Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. (213) 763-6030. nokiatheatrelalive.com.
[THU OCT 4]
“IS ALTRUISM A WONDER DRUG?”
David Levinson, Big Sunday executive director and author of “Everybody Helps, Everybody Wins,” joins bioethicist Stephen Post (“The Hidden Gifts of Helping”) and Stanford University School of Medicine neurosurgery professor James Doty in a discussion about the latest in medical science and altruism. They draw on recent studies that found that frequent volunteering among older adults led to reduced risk of an early death, and that nonvolunteers were more likely than volunteers to experience a major illness. Moderated by Lisa Aliferis, editor of KQED health policy and public health blog “State of Health.” Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. zocalopublicsquare.org.
L.A. Opera music director James Conlon’s concert series restores two generations of composers that were wiped off the map by the Third Reich. Tonight’s chamber music concert features performances of lost works by Austrian composers Alexander von Zemlinsky, Arnold Schoenberg and Franz Schreker; and Czech composer and pianist Erwin Schulhoff. Pacific Trio and friends accompany Conlon. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $37-$65. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.
“UNAUTHORIZED: THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN PROJECT”
Documentarian Barry Avrich’s latest film offers an unflinching portrait of Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of the Weinstein Co. and Miramax Films. Avrich turns to Martin Scorsese, James Ivory, John Irving and others to examine the influence that Weinstein holds in Hollywood. A post-screening Q-and-A with Avrich follows. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10 (general), $7 (LACMA members, seniors, students). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s ‘Tikkun California’ Yom Kippur Speech
“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
“THE MUSIC OF JEWISH COMPOSERS” The ninth annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival features the world premiere of composer Assaf Rinde’s “Meditation on a Sephardic Theme,” performed by guitarist Edward Trybek. Mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin and pianist Jean-David Coen perform pieces by composers Gerald Cohen, Stephen Richards, Max Janowski, Richard Neumann and Daniel Akiva. Pianist Coen performs Joseph Achron’s “Hebrew Melody” with violinist Limor Toren-Immerman as well as Alexander von Zemlinsky’s “Trio in D Minor, Opus 3” with clarinetist Gary Gray and cellist Stephen Green. Festival runs through Aug. 12. Sat. 8 p.m. $25 (general), $15 (seniors, students and Temple Emanuel members). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 779-7622. bhmusicfestival.org, panoramaticket.com.
THE BANGLES Best known for hits like “Manic Monday,” “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Eternal Flame,” the Bangles perform as part of the Pershing Square Downtown Stage Free Summer Concert Series. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson recently released their newest album, “Sweetheart of the Sun.” Alt-pop band Right the Stars also performs. Sat. 8-11 p.m. Free. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. (213) 847-4970. laparks.org/pershingsquare.
SUN | AUG 5
“JEWISH HOMEGROWN HISTORY FILM DAY” The Skirball screens four documentaries that address the richness, complexity and inherent contradictions of the Jewish experience in the modern age. “The Family Album” draws on home movies to capture American family life from the 1920s through the 1950s. In “The Hunky Blues —The American Dream,” Jewish Hungarian filmmaker Peter Forgács uses home movies and archival footage to explore the immigration of Hungarians to America. While tracing the roots of her family, filmmaker Jacqueline Levitin discovers the 1,000-year-old history of a Chinese-Jewish community in Kaifeng in “Mahjong and Chicken Feet.” And while documenting the life of Chasidic Jews living in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, urban anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff documents her conversion to Orthodox Judaism as she copes with her imminent death from cancer, in “Her Own Time — The Final Fieldwork of Barbara Myerhoff.” Sat. 11 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
MAGGIE ANTON Author of the acclaimed “Rashi’s Daughters” series appears at Beth Chayim Chadashim tonight to celebrate the release of her new novel, “Rav Hisda’s Daughter, Book I: Apprentice,” which follows talmudic sage Hisda’s beautiful and learned daughter Hisdadukh. Derailed by a series of tragedies, Hisdadukh must decide if her path lies in the way of sorcery, despite the peril. Klezmer music, food and scholarly words from Anton highlight this book launch. Books available for purchase. Sun. 6 p.m. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.
WED | AUG 8
“JEWISH COMEDY NIGHT: COAST 2 COAST” Comedians Wayne Federman (“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”), Kira Soltanovich (“Girls Behaving Badly”), Mark Schiff (Jewlarious), Avi Liberman (Comedy for Koby) and Laugh Factory regular Ian Edwards perform in one of two stand-up comedy shows on both coasts on the same night. Wed. 8 p.m. $20 (advance), $25 (door). Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-1336. jspace.com/allevents.
THU | AUG 9
ORQUESTRA SARABIA Blending traditional Jewish and Arabic songs with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Cuban composer and percussionist Roberto Juan Rodriguez’s 10-piece ensemble of Cuban, Jewish and Arabic musicians performs tonight at the Skirball. Part of the museum’s “Sunset Concerts” live music series. Arrive early to dine under the stars, tour the Skirball’s galleries and explore the museum’s architecture and hillside setting. Thu. 8 p.m. Free (concert), $10 (parking per car, cash only). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
FRI | AUG 10
“NOBODY LIKES JEWS WHEN THEY’RE WINNING” Playwright Maia Madison’s comedy follows interfaith couple Sarah and Patrick, who want to get married and live happily ever after, so long as Sarah’s Jewish family never finds out. Examining the ways in which Jews are portrayed in Hollywood and how pervasive these stereotypes are, the play explores the larger themes of family, intimacy and self-determination. Part of the Open Fist Theatre Company’s fourth annual First Look Festival, a celebration of contemporary theater. Fri. Through Sept. 8. 8 p.m. $20. Open Fist Theatre Company, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 882-6912. openfist.org.
Only two more weeks until Yom Kippur … are you mentally and emotionally prepared? Tackling the weighty topics of repentance and forgiveness can seem like a mighty task, but with the entertaining inspiration of “The Gates Are Closing” you can start thinking and discussing those issues long before the holy day arrives. The staged reading of the play by Merle Feld will be directed by Temple Emanuel congregant and seasoned professional director Deborah LaVine. Set in a synagogue on Yom Kippur, the play illuminates the struggles of 10 characters of various ages, backgrounds and professions with issues of identity, betrayal and forgiveness.
8 p.m. Selichot Service at 10 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3742.
To Life! To Life! L’Chaim! The joyous, dancing-rabbi-filled, celebrity-guest-infused, mitzvah-inspiring Chabad “To Life” Telethon is taking over Channel 9 for six hours of giving today, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Actor and comedian Elon Gold will host the mega celebration and will be joined by stand-up comedian Mark Schiff, broadcaster Larry King, actor Jon Voight, singer/actress Mare Winningham, radio personality Dennis Prager and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Last year’s live broadcast raised more than $6 million for Chabad’s educational and nonsectarian social services, which include summer camps, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, crisis intervention, senior programs and humanitarian services. Tune in to life, tune in to giving, tune in to the telethon (and don’t forget to grab your check book before you settle into the couch)!
The Geffen Playhouse calls Wendy Wasserstein’s final play, “Third,” “the jewel in their season’s crown.” The acclaimed playwright, who died unexpectedly of cancer at the age of 55, wrote poignant plays with strong intellectual heroines and relevant political discourses. Before the lights of Broadway were dimmed in her honor, Wasserstein completed “Third,” a dramatic piece about a modern, politically correct female professor who reveals her own prejudices when she accuses a “red state” jock student of plagiarizing his brilliant paper on King Lear. Starring Christine Lahti, this West Coast premiere promises to be a real highlight of the Geffen’s repertoire.
Tue.-Sun., through Oct. 28. $40-$115. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. (310) 208-5454.
MUSIC VIDEO: Michelle Citron — ‘I Gotta’ Love You Rosh Hashanah’
Gershwin is resurrected but Miller’s ‘Salesman’ dies again; Theater gets ‘Bent;’ Eshman and Barak Q
The unlikely worlds of “General Hospital” and “24” converge tonight, with the opening of 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company’s production of the Martin Sherman play “Bent.” Actors Tyler Christopher (of the aforementioned soap) and Jamison Jones (of the aforementioned terrorism TV drama) play Max and Horst in this Holocaust piece about two homosexuals held prisoner in a concentration camp, who fall in love despite never being able to touch one another.
Jan. 19-March 4. $25. Theatre 68, 5419 Sunset Blvd., Suite D, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 960-7827. ‘ target=’_blank’>www.tix.com.
Monday the 22nd
If you haven’t yet seen the new genocide documentary, “Screamers,” or even if you have, tonight’s an opportunity to view the film, as well as hear from those involved in its making. Focusing on modern day genocides from Armenia to Darfur, it screens tonight at Valley Beth Shalom. Rabbi Ed Feinstein leads a post-film discussion with Armenian community leaders and rock band System of a Down, who produced and lent their music to the film.
Artist Sharon Ben-Tal lays it on thick in her new exhibition at Bandini Art. Layering color wash upon color wash — infused with graphite, mica and a range of pure pigments, and sanded — Ben-Tal plays with depth, light and luster in her backgrounds, juxtaposed by relief line drawings in the foreground. The results challenge the viewer to make peace of the contradiction. Her paintings are on view through Feb. 24.
Chanukah’s officially over, but it’s not too late to catch Tobey C. Moss Gallery’s exhibition, “Peter Shire — The Creative Synapse: Fantasies, Drawings, Sculptures.” Included among Shire’s maquettes — relating to his public artworks displayed as close as Los Angeles, and as far as Japan — are Judaica pieces like his gouache on paper titled, “Angel and Menorah,” and an aluminum and enamel sculpture called, “Peace Dove Menorah.”
Through Jan. 6. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523. www.tobeycmossgallery.com.
Sunday the 24th
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Photographers before the lens as well as behind is the theme of LACMA’s current exhibition, “Masquerade: Role Playing in Self-Portraiture — Photographs from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection.” Curated by the Irmas’ daughter, Deborah Irmas, the show features costumed self-portraits of photographers like Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura, and explores the way in which masks can reveal truths.
Through Jan. 7. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org.
Friday the 29th
Here’s a new one for ya. Congregation B’nai Emet tries a fresh take on the old Friday night Shabbat service with tonight’s Java Nagilla Shabbat. The catchy title refers to the post-service oneg, which will include a special coffee bar along with requisite desserts. But during the service, the congregation will also learn two new songs written by choir director Irwin Cohen. They want you to be surprised, but we can tell you that one song is a bluesy rendition of a prayer already familiar to you.
4645 E. Industrial St., ‘2C, Simi Valley. (805) 581-3723. www.congreagationbnaiemet.org.
MUSIC VIDEO: Kenny Ellis — ‘Swingin’ Dreidel’
Gurus galore, puppet people, jazz giants and Jackie Mason
Get inspired, or at least get a yoga mat, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Gurus will converge this weekend for the interfaith “Celebration of Oneness,” a two-day event featuring lectures and panels on spiritual matters with speakers ranging from Ariana Huffington to “lifestyle astrologer” Susan Miller to “Celestine Prophesy” prophet James Redfield. Also on the agenda are concerts, an expo hall and film screenings, including Rabbi Ruth Broyde-Sharone’s “God and Allah Need to Talk.”
$15-$65. 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. (866) 706-7279. www.celebrationofoneness.com.
Sunday the 10th
Kids are introduced to the world, and the world of puppets, in this afternoon’s program at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. Educator and puppeteer Marilyn Price presents “The Wonderful Whirl of Puppets,” an interactive children’s show with global stories, folktales and parables.
3-4 p.m. Free. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8648.
Monday the 11th
In his need to grasp the human stories behind the black and white faces that stared out of his family’s old photo album, author Daniel Mendelsohn journeyed to the shtetl of Bolechow to learn about the lives of his ancestors who had died in the Holocaust. His search continued over three years and 12 countries, the story of which is documented in his book, “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million.” The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles hosts him at the Skirball Cultural Center tonight.
Free (JGSLA members), $5 (nonmembers). 7:30 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www.jgsla.org.
Tuesday the 12th
Before they get their gifts, teach them about giving. Kids can help wrap gifts for children in the hospital at a special Chabad Chanukah Program at Sherman Oaks Branch Library this afternoon. A candle making workshop and storytelling are also planned.
No afterthought here. This weekend’s Los Angeles Wine and Food Festival lists the vino first for good reason. The main attraction will likely be the hundreds of wineries offering tastings galore. But check it out, too, for the gourmet food exhibitors offering pairing suggestions, and celeb chefs hocking books and performing demos.
Aug. 25, Reserve Wine and Food Tasting events at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. Aug. 26-27, Grand Tastings at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
7:30 p.m. $18 (minimum donation). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 219.
“Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature — Identity and Imagination” is Westwood Branch Library’s Jewish book club, which starts up Wed., Sept. 13. Be ready to discuss the first book in the discussion series, “Tevye the Dairyman” by Sholem Aleichem, by picking it up today (and registering). Additional books will explore the theme of “A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World.”
1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 474-1739.
Live music (with no cover charge) can be taken in weekly on Wednesday nights at Herzog Wine Cellars’ Tierra Sur on the Terrace. This evening, imbibe and take in the melodic tunes of Derric Oliver and Louis Caverly’s Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective.
7-9 p.m. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. R.S.V.P., (805) 983-1560.
Come out to Mystery Bookstore today to support local Jewish writer Gregg Hurwitz. The bestselling author reads from and signs his latest thriller, “Last Shot,” the fourth in his Tim Rackley series.
7 p.m. 1036 Broxton Ave., Suite C, Los Angeles. (310) 209-0415.
“The Art of News” is NoHo Gallery L.A.’s current exhibition, featuring art by cameramen from local news stations, as well as photographers, producers and designers who work in television, film and advertising. The focus is on photography as art, and on the artistic talents involved in the work of these professionals.
Through Sept. 3. 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 761-7784.
The most avant-garde comics find a gorgeous forum, once again, with the release of the sixth edition of editor Sammy Harkham’s anthology, “Kramer’s Ergot 6.” Geeks celebrate its release tonight at the Hammer Museum, which features performances by Kites and The Mystical Unionists, films by Paper Rad and a presentation by painter and “Raw” contributor Jerry Moriarty.
“Look, but don’t touch” is the unspoken challenge to viewers of the Gatov Gallery’s new exhibit, “Soft Art.” On view are the vibrant textile works of Israeli artists Udi Merioz and Johanan Herson, created with a technique employed by only four known artists in the world. Pieces come together by applying brilliant colored textiles onto a soft canvas, and pressing them into one another with a special needle. The gallery at the Alpert JCC hosts the show through Aug. 15.
Open daily, times vary. Free. Alpert JCC, Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus, 3601 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601.
Tuesday the 1st
Our interest in, and relationships with varied species of the animal kingdom makes up Fahey/Klein Gallery’s new show, “Not All of Man’s Best Friends Are Dogs.” Photographers Richard Avedon, Garry Winogrand, Shelby Lee Adams and Steve Schapiro are a few of the contributors who depict people’s interactions with bird and beast.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.). Through Sept. 2. 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250. ” TARGET=”_blank”>www.yicc.org.
Thursday the 3rd
Multiple loveless affairs, a lustless marriage and in-vitro pregnancy are some of the bigger manifestations of one young woman’s fear of abandonment. Her journey to lead an emotional life appropriate with her age is the subject of Jessica Bern’s one-woman comedy, “Days of Whine and Roses.” It opens today.
8 p.m. (Thursdays). Through Aug. 31. $20 (in advance). Elephant Lab Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles. (323) 960-1056.
Friday the 4th
Neil Simon laughs for all this month. In the Valley, the Secret Rose Theater offers the classic “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” Simon’s homage to the time in his career spent writing for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” takes us into a 1950s TV writer’s room. Or, head to the 90212 for “Rumors,” in which hilarity ensues when an anniversary party goes awry; the host shoots himself in the head (a flesh wound), his wife goes missing and the guests must entertain themse
“Laughter”: Through Aug. 20. Secret Rose Theater, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (866) 811-4111.
“Rumors”: Through Sept. 3. Theatre 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills High Campus. (310) 364-0535.
Saturday, July 8 The Hollywood Palladium’s got the beat tonight. Head there for ’80s retro fun wrapped up in a good cause. Bet Tzedek — The House of Justice presents its annual Justice Ball benefit with headliners The Go-Go’s.
Sunday, July 9 A midsummer night’s edutainment comes courtesy of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. Tonight, they perform “Ahava: From Israel with Love” at the Ford Amphitheatre, with Chen Zimbalista on marimba and Alon Reuven on French horn. Explanatory introductions of each piece will be given by conductor Noreen Green.
7:30 p.m. $12-$36. 2850 Cahuenga Blvd., East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.
Monday, July 10 TV gets some artistic recognition, thanks to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). Today FIDM opens its new exhibition, “The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design,” which continues through Sept. 9. On display are highlights from 40 years of television costuming, including clothes worn by Sonny and Cher, Barry Manilow and Carol Burnett, on their shows and specials.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (daily, except Sundays). Free. FIDM Museum and Galleries on the Park, 919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 624-1200, ext. 2224.
Tuesday, July 11 The sound of music drifts through the air, mixing with that signature zoo scent, this evening. The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association kicks off the first of two “Music in the Zoo” nights. Tonight, hear the Masanga Marimba Ensemble of Zimbabwe, the Scottish Wicked Tinkers, the Mediterranean music of Shaya and Rafi and the Irish Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder. Plus, the animals get a later bedtime of 8 p.m. and “Club Med Circus Performers” monkey around.
Wednesday, July 12 Invisible friends get revenge in “Bunbury: A Serious Play for Trivial People.” The play by Tom Jacobson features the never-seen characters of Bunbury (of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”) and Rosaline (of “Romeo and Juliet”), teaming up to sabotage classic literary works. It is performed at the Skirball Cultural Center, and recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series, The Play’s the Thing, which broadcasts weekly on public and satellite radio, including 89.3 KPCC.
Thursday, July 13 July gets a little hotter with Stephen Cohen Gallery’s “Summer Skin” exhibition. The group show features nude works, some naughty, some nice, by artists like Diane Arbus, Anthony Friedkin and Horace Bristo. The raciest stuff, by guys like David Levinthal, Larry Clark and Robert Mapplethorpe, can be seen in a separate viewing room.
July 7-Aug. 26. Free. 7358 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-5525.
Friday, July 14 Literature takes center stage with The New Short Fiction Series, a host of evenings in which actors read from a published work of fiction. This year’s first featured writer is author and poet Carol Schwalberg, whose “The Midnight Lover and Other Stories” will be performed, tonight.
8 p.m. $10. Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-2220.
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.
Havdallah includes a redemption song tonight. Following services at Beit T’Shuvah, con man turned rabbi Mark Borovitz talks to Rabbi Ed Feinstein about his story, as outlined in his bestselling book “The Holy Thief,” newly released in paperback.
Sephardic culture is placed center stage in this weekend’s colloquium at Cal State University Long Beach, titled “My Heart Is in the East and I in the Uttermost West.” The weekend begins with a concert of Ladino music by Vanessa Paloma and Jordan Charnofsky on Saturday, continues today with various lectures and closes with a presentation this evening on Sephardic musical traditions in Italy, Corfu, Salonica and the New World.
Jewish lit maven and Tel Aviv University professor Hana Wirth-Nesher visits us this week. Tonight, see her presentation on the writings of Grace Paley as part of the Jewish Community Library and The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Book Salon. Tomorrow, USC Casden Institute sponsors her talk on “The Accented Imagination: Speaking and Writing Jewish America” at Temple Emanuel.
In theaters now is Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film of the year, “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.” The film tells the true story of the German anti-Nazi activist and heroine, and has already garnered awards in Germany — its country of origin — as well as three European Film Awards.
Laemmle Theaters: Town Center, Encino; Music Hall, Beverly Hills; Monica 4, Santa Monica; Playhouse, Pasadena. Â
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Jan. 21-22. Times vary. Jeffery Kahane plays “Mozart Piano Treasures.” Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Ave., Glendale. (213) 622-7001.
Norton Simon Museum: Sat. Jan. 21. 1 p.m. “Heroes and Heroines” Family Day explores artwork featuring brave men and women of the past. $4-$8. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-6840.
L.A. Opera: Jan. 21-Feb. 19. Production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” See article on page 4.
Temple Adat Elohim: Sat. Jan. 21. 7 p.m. Comedy night features Allan Murray, Larry Omaha, Steve Mittleman, Wendy Kamenoff and Michael Rayner. Includes catered buffet dinner, live auction and door prizes. $40-$50. 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 480-9667 or (805) 375-1164.
Ahmanson Theater: Jan. 22-March 5. Pre-Broadway engagement of Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772.
USC Hillel: Sun. Jan. 22. 4-6 p.m. Opening of USC branch of Makor/Source Gallery, featuring 23 different works by the same artists featured at the UCLA branch. 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135, ext. 14.
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza: Jan. 24- Feb. 5. Production of musical “Mamma Mia!,” featuring the music of ABBA. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2700.
Old Globe Theater: Wed. Jan 25- March 5. World premiere of Bob Dylan musical, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. $45-$75. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. (619) 234-5623.
Music Center Speaker Series: Thurs., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. Dan Rather, former anchor and managing editor of “CBS Evening News,” will speak. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 972-3494.
UCLA Live: Thurs., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. Double bill, Israeli singer Chava Alberstein with Paris group Les Yeux Noirs in a gypsy-klezmer fusion. $15-$38. Royce Hall, UCLA campus. (310) 825-2101.
LACMA West: Jan. 27-29. Times vary. 21st Annual Los Angeles Fine Print Fair features graphic art from 25 different artists. Opening reception on Friday benefits the Graphic Arts Council of LACMA. $35-$50. 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 933-5523.
Temple Isaiah: Fri., Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Hip Hop Shabbat features Dr. J$ and the OJGs. 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>www.speakersla.com.
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza: Thur. Feb. 16. The Russian National Ballet performs “Swan Lake.” $34-$49. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2700.
Forum Gallery: Feb. 17- April 1. Exhibit, “Modernism:The Aesthetic of Change.” 8069 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1550.
Fullerton Civic Light Opera: Fri. Feb. 17- March 5. Performance of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical “Cats.” $25-$49. Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton. (714) 879-1732.
Stephen S. Wise Synagogue: Fri. Feb. 17. 6 p.m. Hip-Hop Shabbat features Dr. J$ and the OJGs. 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Bel Air. www.hiphopshabbat.com.
Bowers Museum: Sat., Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Robert Garfias, “Music and Visual Arts as a Reflection of a Society.” 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana. (714) 567-3600.
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza: Sat., Feb. 18. Stand-up performance George Lopez of “The George Lopez Show.” 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2700.
UCLA Live: Sat., Feb. 18. Jazz instrumentalist Alice Coltrane performs with sons Ravi and Oran. Special guest the Dwight Tribe Quartet. Royce Hall, UCLA campus. (310) 825-2101.
Music Center: Wed., Feb. 22- Sun. Feb. 26. Times vary. Three different programs of dances presented by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater troupe, featuring choreography by Ronald K. Brown, Sarah Vaughn and more. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-7211.
Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble: Sat. Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m., Sun. Feb. 26, 2:30 p.m. “Colors of Israel: The Many Facets of Jewish Culture Reflected in Dance and Song.” Also featuring Israeli singer Noa Dori. $36, $54, $72. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787.
Bowers Museum: Sun. Feb. 26. 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Movies series featuring Oscar-winning film “Nowhere in Africa,” about a German Jewish refugee family in Kenya, with screenwriter Michael Berlin. 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana. (714) 567-3600.
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza: Feb. 26. “An Afternoon with Rogers and Hammerstein,” starring Dick Van Dyke featuring local high school choirs performing. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2700.
Your momma remembers this drama. The Skirball has its last show of “12 Angry Men” this afternoon. The classic courtroom tale about a teenage boy accused of killing his father has been around a while, but gets refreshed by L.A. Theatre Works, with the help of performances by Hector Elizondo, Robert Foxworth, Dan Castellaneta, Armin Shimerman and Richard Kind. A Q-and-A session with noted scholar Rabbi Lee Bycel follows the Saturday performance.
Nov. 30-Dec. 4. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 827-0889.
Sunday, December 4
Today’s concert at the Simon Wiesenthal Center offers an homage in strings to the Romanian Jewish immigrants from 1890-1914, who trekked across Europe to reach ports where they could travel to the United States. Titled “Di Fusgeyers,” and commissioned by the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, the performance is inspired by Stuart Tower’s historical novel, “The Wayfarers” and was composed by Yale Strom.
7 p.m. $15. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 772-2452.
Monday, December 5
Big-name actors also convene tonight to celebrate another literary classic. “This Is on Me: An Evening of Dorothy Parker” features Broadway veterans Angela Lansbury, Victor Garber, Frances Conroy and others in a staged-play reading of works by the sharp-witted Parker (née Rothschild).
Attend the Skirball’s screening of 1958’s “Marjorie Morningstar” this afternoon, part of their twice-monthly “Classic Films” series. The story of a Jewish young woman, struggling between a traditional upbringing and a desire for a less-conventional life was probably never meant to be provocative. But Jewish feminists haven’t exactly approved of Miss Morningstar over the years. Now you can decide for yourself….
1:30 p.m. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Wednesday, December 7
In the nimble hands of Lorel Cornman, Betty Green, Nancy Goodman Lawrence and Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, everything from maps and buttons to fabric and Venetian turpentine become art. The works of these four artists is on view in the University of Judaism’s “Mixed Media” exhibition starting this week.
Public opening is Dec. 4., 2-4 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1201.
Thursday, December 8
Old world mixes with new, as playwrights Ross Pavis and Howard Teichman premier their play, “Simcha.” The story about a Jewish beggar and storyteller imbued with magical powers might as well have been written by Sholom Aleichem. But, in fact, the stories in the play are all original, based on the “old country” superstitions the playwrights’ parents and grandparents believed.
Playwright Tom Dudzick offers up an interfaith story for the holidays, complete with Christmas Eve miracle. The play is “Greetings,” and tells the tale of an atheist Jewish girl who accompanies her Catholic boyfriend home for Christmas, where she meets his cast of characters family, which includes his very devout parents and mentally challenged 30-year-old brother. Could hilarity not ensue?
$16. Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (818) 700-4878.
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.
Having recently taken on Arthur Miller on Broadway, in the play “The American Clock,” actor Jason Fisher now tries his craft with another Jewish icon. “Lenny Bruce: In His Own Words” opens tonight at M-Bar, with Fisher offering up Bruce rantings on race, class, ethnicity, sex, drugs and free speech.
The Workmen’s Circle offers a Halloweeny outlet with Jewish, uh, spirit today. Bring the kids to see a play of the classic Jewish tale, “The Golem,” a comedic take on the story about a muddy giant that offers lessons about being careful what you wish for.
2:30 p.m. Also, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. $8-$10. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 552-2007.
Monday, October 24
See and hear the survival stories of the Hakoah Vienna Sports Club’s champion female swimmers this evening, when Cinemax airs the documentary, “Watermarks.” Forced into segregation before eventually being forced out altogether, the Jewish female athletes fled Austria in varying directions. The film follows some of the swimmers back to Vienna for a moving reunion, along the way telling their individual stories of endurance.
“Saturday Night at Grossingers” playwright Rita Lakin brings new meaning to the term niche literature with her debut Yiddish mystery novel, “Getting Old Is Murder.” The author has also written for television’s “Dynasty,” “Peyton Place” and “The Mod Squad.” She reads from and signs the book tonight at Dutton’s Beverly Hills, and on Oct. 29 at Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles.
7 p.m. 447 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 887-1849.
Wednesday, October 26
It’s a Golem kind of week. But no earthen Frankensteins tonight. Just Golem, the band. The group of New York-based klezmer rockers “transforms the music of its Jewish grandparents, making it modern, edgy, sexy and brash.” Or so they say on their Web site. Check ’em out for yourself tonight at King King.
9 p.m. $10. 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-9011.
Thursday, October 27
Jewish literary fare abounds at the San Diego Jewish Book Fair. The fest is kicked off today with a special preview event of Jack Klugman discussing his book, “Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship,” the Tony, of course, being the actor’s “Odd Couple” co-star Tony Randall. Or, make a weekend out of it when the Fair continues Nov. 10-16 with a variety of author appearances, and a family day on Sun., Nov. 13.
Rappers Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion offer up, “J.O.B.: The Hip Hopera,” a retelling of the biblical story of Job as an allegory of contemporary corporate life in the music biz — in rap. Yes, they rap the whole thing, with accompaniment by breakdancers, singers, a live DJ and brand-new score. Word.
A talking clock, a lovely owl and an orange tree become friends with Zack and Zoe in their adventure through the new children’s musical, “A Kid’s Life.” Producer/director Keith Markinson, son of Tony Award-winning producer Marty Markinson, designed the show with children ages 2-6 (and their parents) in mind. “A Kid’s Life” opens today and invites your children to make new friends, too, and learn life lessons about the importance of nature and the preciousness of time.
Runs through June 19. 11 a.m. (Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $12.50-$17.50. Brentwood Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Building 211, Veterans Administration Campus. (310) 479-3636.
Sunday, June 12
She’s not a Jew, nor does she play one on TV, but that doesn’t stop Amber Tamblyn (of “Joan of Arcadia” fame) from moderating this afternoon’s panel about the changing images of Jewish women and men in the popular media. “Desperate Housewives and Beyond,” as they have titled it, is sponsored by the MorningStar Commission and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and features a panel of prominent writers, producers and actors. The audience will be invited to participate, as well.
3-5 p.m. $10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 712-5400.
Monday, June 13
Rachel Bailit’s act covers issues from being a “nice” Jewish girl from Needham, Mass., to the ups and downs of life as an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. She calls it “Sugar Happens: A One-Girl Show,” and sugar you get. Bailit’s show displays big comedy (and bosom), and is extended for two more weeks.
Runs through June 21. 6:30 p.m. (wine and cheese reception), 7:30 p.m. (show), 8:30 p.m. (dessert with Bailit). Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 650-7777.
Tuesday, June 14
The remarkable true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who survived both Nazi and Communist regimes comes to the Geffen Playhouse tonight for a limited four-week run. “I Am My Own Wife” is a one-man play starring Jefferson Mays as von Mahlsdorf, as well as more than 40 other characters including the playwright, Doug Wright, who first became fascinated by her. It garnered Wright both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.
Runs through July 10. $34-$85. 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Building 211, Veterans Administration Campus. (310) 208-6500.
Wednesday, June 15
The inexhaustible Theodore Bikel is the main attraction at the Chabad of Conejo-sponsored “Tradition: A Celebration of Jewish Life.” The show features Bikel performing a sort of “greatest hits” review, and also includes performances by the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble and comedian Mark Schiff.
7:45 p.m. $18-$108. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (213) 480-3232.
Thursday, June 16
New York Times bestseller, Oprah movie of the week and now Rubicon Theater play, “Tuesdays With Morrie,” has run the gamut. Mitch Albom’s novel about a dying former college professor’s profound impact on his life has touched many already. See the story unfold for the first time, or revisit it in a more intimate setting at the Rubicon today.
Runs through July 10. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 667-2900.
Friday, June 17
Was the Wicked Witch of the West really just misunderstood? Long before Dorothy dropped a house on the witch’s sister, the wicked witch was known simply as Elphaba, a smart young girl with an unfortunate skin disorder. Get her side of the story as “Wicked,” Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s musical adaptation of the novel by Gregory Maguire, alights on the Pantages for a limited engagement.
TAG Gallery: (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)Last chance to see the “Infinite Growth,” the paintings of Shizuko Greenblatt. 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 829-9556.
Forum Gallery: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. “Helen’s Exile” is Peter Krausz’s exhibit of landscape paintings . 8069 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1565.
Laemmle Sunset 5 and Landmark Westside Pavilion Theatres: various times. “Winter Solstice,” writer-director Josh Sternfeld’s debut film. Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood. (213)848-3500.
Westside Pavilion, 10800 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-0202.
Media City Ballet: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. “The Making of a Dancer,”a behind-the-scenes look at the training and life of a professional dancer, featuring principal dancer Arsen Serobian. $20-$25. The Performing Arts Center, CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (213) 480-3232.
The Tarzana Community and Cultural Center: 8 p.m. “From I Do to I Don’t,” a drama concerning marital problems between an Italian Catholic lawyer and his Jewish wife. Also, Sun. at 2 p.m. $10-$12. 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. R.S.V.P., (818) 762-6950.
UCLA: 8 p.m. Dylan Moran in “Monster.”$10-$25. McGowan Little Theater, Charles E. Young Drive, UCLA. (310) 825-2101.
April 24 /SUNDAY
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Ruskin Group Theatre: 5 p.m. “Capture Now,” a coming-of-age tale about Long Island Jewish teen Elijah. $15-$20. 3000 Airport Drive, Santa Monica. (310) 397-3244.
Skirball Cultural Center: 8 p.m. Musician Brian Eno and scientist Danny Hills discuss their careers and the nature of creativity. $20-$30. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 468-3399.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Theatre 40: 8 p.m. “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry. $9-$20. Reuben Cordova Theatre, Beverly Hills High School, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-0535.
April 26 /TUESDAY
North Valley JCC: 1 p.m. Mel Janis on the migration of U.S. Jews from East to West Coast. Refreshments to follow. $2-$4. 16601 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. (818) 360-2211.
Museum of Tolerance: 11:30 a.m.-
6:30 p.m. “Liberation: Revealing the Unspeakable,”profiles both victims of camps and their liberators. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-9036.
KVCR: 10 p.m. “Exodus and Freedom” a new Passover special by Jewish Television Network Productions. (818) 789-5891. www.jewishnetwork.com.
Jewish Community Foundation: 7:30-
9 a.m. “Advising in a Changing Environment: Critical Issues for Professional Advisers” breakfast seminar for continuing education credit, on California Domestic Partnerships. Sherman Oaks. R.S.V.P., (323) 761-8708.
APRIL 28 /THURSDAY
UCLA: 4-5:30 p.m. “Dilemmas in Counterterrorism Decision-Making” with Boaz Ganor, director of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism. Free. Faculty Center, Sequoia 1, UCLA. (310) 206-8578.
Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: 7 p.m. Opening night gala preview for the Los Angeles Antiques Show. $300. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 423-3667.
APRIL 29 /FRIDAY
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
University of Judaism: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closing day of “Hued and Hewn.” Platt and Borstein Gallery, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 201.
Santa Monica Playhouse Jewish Heritage Program and Yiddishkayt L.A.: 8 p.m. Preview of “Yiddish She-Devils.” $15. The Other Space, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1.
Thur., May 26
Adat Shalom: Senior Group fundraising day trip to Pechanga. For more information call (310) 302-8995.
APRIL 23 /SATURDAY
Super-Singles (35+): 8 p.m.-midnight. Singles Dance at the Elks Lodge for all singles and couples. $12. 20925 Osborne St., Canoga Park. (800) 672-6122.
APRIL 24 /SUNDAY
Jewish Single Volleyball: Noon. Volleyball and post-game no-host dinner. Free. Playa del Rey Beach court No. 11 at the end of Culver Boulevard, Playa del Rey. (310) 278-9812.
Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Classes by Israel Yakove meet Mondays and Thursdays. All ages. $7. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-2550.
APRIL 26 /TUESDAY
Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):
7:30 p.m. Therapist Maxine Gellar leads a discussion on “Who or what was the most inspiration in your life?” $10. West Los Angeles area. R.S.V.P., (310) 444-8986.
West Valley JCC: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with James Zimmer.
$5-$6. Also, salsa, swing, and tango lessons for an additional $3 begin at
7 p.m. The New JCC at Milken,
22622 Vanowen St., West Hills.
Nexus (20s-40s): 6 p.m. Volleyball followed by no-host dinner. End of Culver Boulevard, near court No. 15, Playa del Rey. www.jewishnexus.org.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple: 7 p.m. (beginners), 8 p.m. (regular class), 9:15 p.m. -midnight (open dancing). David Dassa leads Israeli dancing. $7. Irmas Campus, 2112 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles. email@example.com.
ATID (20s and 30s): 7:30 p.m. “Who wrote the Bible … and does it matter?” Free (Sinai Temple Members), $5 (nonmembers). Gold Hall, Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244.
Conversations at Leon’s: 7 p.m. “The Art of Listening.” $15-$17. 639 226th St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 393-4616.
L.A.’s Fabulous Best Connection: Dinner and conversation at The Cheesecake Factory, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 782-0435.
Harbor Jewish Singles (55+): 8 p.m. Shabbat services and oneg at University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson, Irvine. (949) 553-3535.
Sun., May 1
SababaParties (24+): 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Jewish Singles Party at The Conga Room. $25-$30. 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 657-6680.
Sun., May 8-Fri., May 13
Active Jewish Singles (45+): Trip to power spots and spiritual places in Arizona, including Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Gooseneck and Valley of the Gods, Lake Powell and lastly a visit to the Hopi Tribe. Led by an outdoor jeep tour guide versed in Native American and Jewish spirituality. $750 from Phoenix, includes all accommodation, transportation and most meals. Space limited to 15 people. (760) 720-2049.
For the most twisted example of Passover television programming, tune into VH1 Classic’s hour-long “Matzoh and Metal: A Very Classic Passover.” Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider hosts the special, in which he shares a Passover meal with Jewish rockers Scott Ian of Antrhax, Leslie West of Mountain and Snider’s bandmate JJ French. Sponsored by Manischewitz, the program will focus on the rockers’ musical and Passover memories. It airs on Sunday, April 24. VH1 Classic. www.vh1.com.
Tune that radio dial to KCRW this morning for a different sort of Q-&-A. The station airs ListenUP’s latest holiday special, “Passover: A Time For Questions,” hosted by actor Arye Gross. Chef Ruth Reichl talks matzah brie, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg reads from her children’s book, “Abuelitas Secret Matzahs,” singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman performs her music and Rabbi Sharon Brous asks the big holiday questions.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale and composer Billy Childs give voice to the children of Terezin Concentration Camp this evening. Based on six pieces of poetry from “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” Childs’ “The Voices of Angeles” is meant to conjure emotions from anger and despair to hope. It will be performed as part of the program titled “hope” which also features Mozart’s “Coronation Mass”
7 p.m. $19-$79. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 787-5262.
Monday, April 25
This Passover, consider the heritage of freedom from bondage that Jews and African Americans share with the help of “Let My People Go!” The new CD was created by folksingers and musical/educational activists Kim and Reggie Harris, and their friend Rabbi Jonathan Kliger. It’s a spoken word and song compilation that incorporates music from the hagaddah, traditional spirituals and new songs, as well as a poem by a Palestinian poet set to music by a Jewish cantor.
Artist Tobi Kahn’s Exhibition, “Avoda: Objects of the Spirit” has alighted on USC’s Doheny Memorial Library just in time for Passover. View the Jewish ceremonial objects that Kahn has created during the last 20 years, from candlesticks to seder plates. Then take Kahn up on his challenge to create your own. “I want people to realize that creating ceremonial objects can be special and transformative,” Kahn told the Journal. To let him know about your seder creations, you can reach Kahn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through May 31. 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. (213) 740-2924.
Wednesday, April 27
The sixth annual Polish Film Festival presents two documentary shorts of Jewish interest this evening. “Kazimierz Is Closed,” is about the city of Krakow, whose name conjures thoughts of Holocaust atrocities, but today is a hot spot where young people go to have fun. The second, titled “Future in Hand,” follows a Polish-born American teenager’s trip back to the place of her birth and early childhood and incorporates her poetry as the primary form of narration for the film.
All that jazz, plus Yiddish novelty tunes and Catskills comedy could only mean chanteuse Janet Klein is involved. Tonight, the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson presents “Janet Klein and her Borscht Belt Babies Yiddish Vaudeville Spectacular.” The variety show also features descendants of Catskills legends.
Just in time for date night comes director Yvan Attal’s French romantic comedy, “Happily Ever After.” The lives of two Parisian couples and a single man are the focus for exploring themes of romance, midlife crisis, sex and marriage. Attal also stars in the film opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg (“21 Grams”).
Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel scholar-in-residence Estelle Frankel talks kabbalah this weekend. The author of “Sacred Therapy” is a psychotherapist, a spiritual adviser and a teacher of kabbalah. Today she discusses the ancient Jewish teachings as they relate to Passover, and tomorrow, as they relate to Freud and psychology.
Mysticism of another variety is at the heart of AVAZ International Dance Theatre’s latest modern/folk dance production, “The Golden Mask of Guran.” The Persian tale, part historical, part fairy tale/myth, tells of a Roman slave girl who uses a magical mask to communicate with and help the wild zebras her king likes to hunt.
8 p.m. (Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sun.). $20-$35. Arartani/Japan American Theatre, Los Angeles. Also, April 30 at 8 p.m at Irvine Barclay Theatre. www.avazinternationaldance.org.
Sunday, April 17
Congregation Kol Ami’s “Music at Kol Ami” series gives us huddled masses yearning to breathe free with today’s premiere of “Ellis Island, an Oral History of Immigration in America.” Singers, actors and performance artists draw portraits of early 20th-century American immigrants.
2 p.m. $15-$20. 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (323) 606- 0996.
Monday, April 18
Sort of “Big Chill”-y for 20-somethings, “Origin of the Species” is the story of six friends — two of whom are played by Elon Gold and Amanda Peet — who reunite for a weekend in a summer house. Issues of life and death and sex and relationships surround them all as they find themselves at different crossroads. It’s out now on DVD.
Tuesday, April 19
Dropping today is singer/songwriter Saul Zonana’s latest CD, “42 Days.” Born to older parents, a Spanish father and Brooklyn Jewish mother, Zonana credits his older brother with introducing him to the songs of the Beatles, his primary musical influence. This latest pop/rock collection is co-produced by Adrian Belew of King Crimson, who also lends his guitar-playing talents to three tracks.
Wednesday, April 20
For wacky hijinks and light-hearted fare, head to the Geffen Playhouse Brentwood Theatre for its production of the classic George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play, “You Can’t Take it With You.” With its cast of zany family member characters, the 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning play is credited as a seminal force in the creation of the modern sitcom family. Tony Award-winner Roy Dotrice heads up the cast in this latest production.
Runs through May 22. 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Building 211, Veterans Administration Campus. www.geffenplayhouse.com.
Thursday, April 21
“Doikayt.” It refers to the philosophy of Yiddish-speaking Jews who worked in sweatshops a century ago and established unions to protect themselves. It means “here-ness,” as in being present in the world around you and working for social justice. It’s also the title of today’s event being sponsored by Progressive Jewish Alliance and AVADA, a project that tries to engage under-30 Jews in Yiddishkayt. Tonight’s nonseder is a spoken word and musical exploration of many peoples’ journeys toward freedom.
9 p.m. $10-$15. The Vanguard, 6201 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 761-8350.
Friday, April 22
Family heirlooms become art in “Containers of Memories,” The Federation’s Bell Family Art Gallery’s latest exhibition. Artist Viviana Lombrozo explores the role memories play in personal and collective identity through the use of these pieces.
Runs through October. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Fri.). Free. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8352.
The city of Malibu honors the surfer girl who helped launch a subculture. This year’s One Book, One City – Malibu month celebrates Frederick Kohner’s novella, “Gidget.” Based on Kohner’s daughter, Kathy, “Gidget” the book spawned the Sandra Dee movie, the Sally Field TV show and a surf culture now practically synonymous with Malibu. The kickoff celebration takes place today, with keynote speakers Kathy Kohner and author Deanne Stillman, who wrote the introduction in the book’s recent re-issue. Other events are scheduled throughout the month.
3 p.m. Malibu Library, 23519 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu. (310) 456-6438.
Sunday, April 10
Hear cantors and rabbis perform jazz, pop, Broadway and folk numbers at this afternoon’s Cure FD Foundation Second Annual Concert and Auction. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and cure of Familial Dysautonomia (FD), a progressive, degenerative, neurological, fatal and genetic disease carried by 1 in 27 Jews of Central or Eastern European descent. Today’s event supports their efforts.
It’s a Hoodios kind of week. Saturday, April 9, check out the Hip Hop Hoodio’s Long Beach concert at the Alpert JCC, then, on Sunday, April 10, see the Latino-Jewish urban collective live at the Joint on Pico Boulevard. Today, combat withdrawal symptoms by purchasing their new CD, “Agua Pa’ La Gente,” which features cameos from Jaguares, Santana and the Klezmatics.
The ancient scriptures have gotten with the 21st century. Voices of Heritage has produced what they say is the first audio CD box set of the Torah. The elegantly packaged 13-CD set contains recordings of the five books of Moses read in Hebrew by Israeli narrator Omer Frenkel.
Peter Himmelman gets you over hump day this month. The son-in-law of Bob Dylan and acclaimed musician in his own right has a new album out, titled, “Imperfect World,” and also performs his spiritually tinged pop/rock songs at Cinema Bar in Los Angeles on Wednesdays, April 13 and 20.
Willy Wonka and Mr. Spock converse tonight, as the Writers Bloc presents Gene Wilder in conversation with Leonard Nimoy. They’ll discuss Wilder’s new memoir, “Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art.”
Get an amen or two this evening at Temple Shalom for the Arts’ multicultural interfaith service, aimed at uniting the Jewish and African American communities through our shared heritage of exodus from slavery. Rabbi David Baron leads the service that will incorporate gospel and Hebrew music by two choirs: West Angeles Church of God in Christ Choir and the Tova Marcos Singers. Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles will also participate.
8 p.m. Free (includes refreshments following the service). The Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 444-7500
Honoring the 60th anniversary of liberation is the Workmen’s Circle’s exhibition, “Kevin Haran: Painting History.” Haran’s watercolors of war are technically based on training photographs, but they nonetheless capture the gestures of combat. He discusses his personal relationship with the images at a reception and slide show this evening.
7-9 p.m. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Sunday, April 3
Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble returns to Southern California with its production of “Neshama: Stories of the Soul” today. Israeli folk/modern dance pieces that portray Jewish stories from throughout history are paired with original songs by Uri Ophir and Sharon Farber, and sung by soprano coloratura Noa Dori. They perform this afternoon only at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
3 p.m. $26-$72. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 986-7332. www.kcdancers.org.
Monday, April 4
African American Jewish singer Joshua Nelson joins The Klezmatics in “Brother Moses Smote the Water,” their recently released CD of live Passover songs blended with Nelson’s “kosher gospel” and traditional Yiddish songs. It’s also the title of their show tonight at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, where they perform live and in-person.
8 p.m. $25. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 692-8151. www.yiddishkaytla.org.
Tuesday, April 5
Tune in to KCET tonight for the latest episode of Frontline: “Israel’s Next War?” The program focuses in on the threat a small group of Israeli right-wing extremist pose in today’s quest for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
9 p.m. KCET. www.kcet.org.
Wednesday, April 6
Also honoring the 60th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation is tonight’s “Croatian Film Series” screening at the Aero Theatre. The 1960 Academy Award-nominated classic, “The Ninth Circle,” is a tragic love story about a young Christian man who agrees to marry a Jewish girl to protect her from the Nazis. Although his resentment of her turns to acceptance, and eventually to love, it cannot ultimately protect them. The movie plays this evening.
7:30 p.m. $9. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456.
Thursday, April 7
For eight decades, courtroom sketch artist David Rose has reported the visual story of some of America’s most famous cases, including those of Klaus Barbie, Patty Hearst and the Manson Family. “Eight Decades of an Artist Reporter” displays more than 50 of those images, as well as his paintings of Los Angeles barrios, Israeli battlefields and his new large-scale “Entry of the Messiah Into Jerusalem.” It’s on view at the Chouinard School of Art in South Pasadena.
Long before G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), there was Gladys “Killem” Gillem and Ida May Martinez, famous professional wrestling stars of the 1940s and ’50s. These women and others like them are the subjects of filmmaker Ruth Leitman’s new documentary, “Lipstick and Dynamite,” which opens today at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and Playhouse 7. Meet the director and stars in person at tonight’s Sunset 5 screening.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels makes an effort at inclusiveness with its new exhibit, “Passion/Passover: Artists of Faith Interpret Their Holy Days.” On view through the month of April, the show features works by seven Jewish and seven Christian artists, including Barbara Drucker, Laurie Gross and the Rev. Michael Tang. Drucker’s contribution is a “Song of Songs”-inspired piece, while Gross’ incorporates the tallit into a work called, “Miriam and the Women.”
Anne Frank would have been 75 years old this year, had she lived. Celebrate her words and her memory through the play written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” on stage now through April 17 at the Chance Theater.
Newly released on DVD is the documentary, “Shanghai Ghetto.” Martin Landau narrates the film about the Jews of Shanghai, who escaped Nazi persecution in the Japanese-controlled city, one of the only places that would allow them to enter.
Tuesday, March 29
George Washington gets his mug on a dollar, but what did Martha ever get for her troubles? Cokie Roberts corrects the oversight in her book, “Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation,” which becomes the topic of conversation when she visits the Skirball this evening. A book signing follows.
7:30 p.m. $5-$15. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.
Wednesday, March 30
American icon photographer and icon in her own right, Annie Leibovitz, displays her stills of musicians at Fahey/Klein Gallery’s “American Music” exhibition. Images of Willie Nelson, Beck and Michael Stipe are just some you’ll see.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.). 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250.
Thursday, March 31
Catch the new Murray Mednick trifecta beginning tonight at Electric Lodge. The first two of his four-part series, “The Gary Plays,” premiere tonight, with the third premiering tomorrow. They follow Gary, a poor former actor dealing with his son’s murder. Stay tuned for news on part four….
The first Israeli feature to be screened at Sundance, “Nina’s Tragedies,” premiered in 2004 – then took another year to make it into L.A. and New York theaters. But the wait may well be worth it. The film about a 13-year-old boy’s crush on his beautiful and recently widowed Aunt Nina, and about the other quirky characters that surround him, opens today in Laemmle theaters.
Laemmle Sunset 5, Los Angeles; Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena. www.laemmle.com.
Valley Beth Shalom Sisterhood:
9 a.m. Women’s Minyan: "Sacred Places" with Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein and Cindy Paley. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 343-3078.
Make-a-Wish Foundation: 6:30 p.m. Uncork A Wish: 12th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction. $125-$250. Barker Hangar Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave. www.wishla.org.
March 20 /SUNDAY
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Skirball Cultural Center: 11 a.m. (performance and lunch), 2 p.m. (performance only). "Relatively Speaking: A Visit With Albert Einstein." Kids ages 7 and up are invited with an adult to lunch with "Albert Einstein." $9-$24. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.VP., (866) 468-3399.
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Villa Aurora Foundation for European-American Relations/ Goethe-Institut Los Angeles: 7 p.m. Screening of the documentary "Kinderland-Cinderland." English subtitles. Goethe-Institut, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. (310) 454-4231.
University of Judaism: 7:30 p.m. Richard Mouw and Elliot Dorff discuss "Evangelical Christians and Jews." Free. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 470-1534.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Walt Disney Concert Hall : 8 p.m. Colburn Celebrity Series featuring Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman on pianos. 151 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
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Please see holiday listings down below.
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ATID (21-40): 8 p.m. Sinai Temple’s Young Professionals group throws a Purim bash at the Petersen Automotive Museum. $30-$40. (310) 481-3244.
Temple Akiba: 9:30 a.m. Megillah story followed by carnival. Culver City. (310) 398-1637.
Temple Judea: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Purim festival. March 24, Purim spiel and megillah reading. Tarzana. www.templejudea.com/purim.
Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Carnival. March 25, Megillah story and musical "The King and Purim." Lancaster. (661) 942-4415.
Temple Beth Haverim: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carnival at Red Oak Elementary School, in Oak Park. March 24, second-grade Purim spiel. Agoura Hills. (818) 991-7111.
Temple Beth Am: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carnival. March 24, Megilla readings. Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354.
Temple Ner Maarav: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Carnival. Encino. (818) 345-7833.
Beth Shir Shalom: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Carnival and bake sale. Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361.
Sha’arei Am: 11:30 a.m. Dessert Cook-off and carnival. Santa Monica. (310) 453-4276.
Chabad of Miracle Mile: Kids ages 4-10 make hamentaschen at Whole Foods Market. March 24, Community Purim Bash at Park La Brea Activity Center. (323) 852-6907.
USC Chabad: Purim mini-fair at Tommy Trojan. March 24, "Purim Out of this World" bash and March 25 Purim Shabbat. www.chabadusc.com.
Workmen’s Circle: 8 p.m. Purim Party supporting UNITE-HERE workers. March 26, "Shushan Purim Dance Party." Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Skirball Cultural Center: Noon. Special Purim Gallery Talks. Also March 26 and 27. Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Chabad of Simi Valley: 6:30 p.m. Japanese-style Purim Party at Valley View Middle School. March 25, Purim- style Shabbat dinner at the rabbi’s place. R.S.V.P., (805) 577-0573.
Congregation Mishkon Tephilo: 6:30 p.m. Kids’ program, Purim celebration, Megillah reading and preformance by the Nudniks. Venice. (310) 392-3029.
UCLA Roots, etc. : 9 p.m. "Queen Esther’s Ball." See page 35 for details.
MARCH 19 /SATURDAY
Jewish Singles, Meet! (30s and 40s):
5 p.m. Dinner at the Elephant Bar and a movie in Burbank. R.S.V.P., (818) 750-0095.
Jewish Single Parents and Singles Association: 7 p.m. Chinese dinner at the Dragon Buffet and a movie in Lake Forest. R.S.V.P., (949) 661-2411.
New Age Singles (55+): 7 p.m. Classical Music Plus. Irv Hershman discusses "Vienna, City of My Dreams." Refreshments. $5-$7. Westside Pavilion, West Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (818) 907-0337.
Barbara’s Bungalow By the Beach (45+): 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Singles Sunday Champagne Brunch for a belated St. Patrick’s Day. $15. Venice Beach residence. R.S.V.P., (310) 823-9917.
Social Circle (45-60s): 10:30 a.m. Balboa Park Walk and brunch at Uncle Chen in Encino. Rain cancels walk, not brunch. (310) 204-1240.
Singles Helping Others: 11:15 a.m.-
2 p.m. or 1:45-4:30 p.m. Volunteer as docent, host, or in registration or ticket sales for the Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour. (323) 663-8378.
New Age Singles (55+): 12:30 p.m. Intermediate and advanced duplicate bridge games at a Granada Hills residence. R.S.V.P., (818) 789-1931.
New Age Singles (55+): 7 p.m. "Starlight Ballroom Dance." $10-$12. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood. (310) 473-1391.P., (714) 842-4117.
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MARCH 21 /MONDAY
Coffee Talk (30s and 40s): 8 p.m. Weekly discussion group. 9760 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
(310) 552-4595, ext. 27.
L.A.’s Fabulous Best Connections: Jet Set group Meet and Schmooze at Marmalade Cafe at the Grove. R.S.V.P., (323) 782-0435.
New Age Singles (55+): 6 p.m. Eat and Schmooze in West Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 874-9937.
Nexus (20s and 30s): 6:30-9 p.m. Weekly Beach Volleybal. Liberty Park, Cerritos. R.S.V.P., email@example.com.
Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):
7:30 p.m. "Why Can’t We Choose People Who Like Us?" $10. West Los Angeles. (310) 444-8986.
Valley Beth Shalom Counseling Center (40s and 50s): 6:30-8 p.m. Singles’ Growth Group. For singles who are divorced or have never been married. R.S.V.P., (818) 784-1414.
Singles Helping Others: 7 p.m. Usher for "Wonderbread Years" at the El Portal Theater. Also March 24 and 31. North Hollywood. (818) 705-7916.
Conversations at Leon’s: 7 p.m. "The Role of Sex in a New Relationship." $15-$17. 639 26th St., Santa Monica. (310) 393-4616.
Ethiopian American Jewish Art Center: 9:30 p.m. Weekly klezmer band performance. $5. 5819 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6661.
Adat Shalom Seniors Group: Trip to the Flamingo Laughlin. (310) 302-8995.
March 29 & May 3
The Jewish Journal (21-39): 7:30 p.m. (cocktails), 8:30 p.m. (event). Jewish Screenwriter Series for young professionals. "Meet the Machers" of "Friends," "Arrested Development" and other TV shows. B’nai David Judea, Los Angeles. RSVP@jewishjournal.com.
Nashuva: 6:45 p.m. Rabbi Naomi Levy leads a spiritual community service-oriented Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Westwood Hills Congregational Church,
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Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: Noon. Sunday brunch at the Magic Castle. Also, April 12, 8 p.m., see "The King and I." R.S.V.P., (310) 203-1312.
Jewish Japanese actress Kimiko Gelman heads up the all-Asian cast of East/West Players’ production of “Proof.” The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play tells the story of a woman who has looked after her brilliant but mentally unstable father for years, and must now come to terms with his death. The play closes this weekend.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $33-$38. David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles. (213) 625-7000.
Sunday, March 6
Beneath the rush of screaming roller coasters come the aural delights of synagogue choirs, as Magic Mountain hosts Temple Beth Ami’s annual “World’s Largest Purim Carnival.” Cantors Wally Schachet-Briskin and Mike Stein also perform at the Golden Bear Theater Plaza, kosher food vendors provide hekshered tasties, while face painting, arts and crafts activities and a celebrity Purim shpiel round out the holiday additions to the usual Six Flags rides and games.
$23.99. See the ad on Page 8 or visit www.sixflags.com and use the special promo code: PURIM for special Prints ‘n Go offer.
Monday, March 7
Ladino songstress Vanessa Paloma and her band have been gracing us with Old World Judeo-Spanish music in live venues for years, but finally allow us to take some of it home. Flor de Serena celebrates the release of its self-tiled CD tonight with a party at Temple Bar.
10:30 p.m. $5. 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. www.flordeserena.com.
Tuesday, March 8
The Getty presents “All About Rothko” this month, with two events, the first of which happens today. Insight into Mark Rothko’s philosophy comes from his son, Christopher, who edited and recently published his father’s long-lost text, “The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art.” This afternoon’s lecture is titled, “Mark Rothko’s Crystal Ball,” and focuses on the artist’s work and writings. A lecture and concert called, “Sounds and Space in the Rothko Chapel,” is scheduled for later this month.
4 p.m. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-7300.
Wednesday, March 9
The Egyptian Theater’s “Outfest Wednesdays” presents the Israeli film, “Round Trip,” tonight. The movie tells the story of a recently separated mother of two, who moves to Tel Aviv, where she finds herself in a relationship with her new live-in female nanny.
7 p.m. $6-$9. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456. www.americancinematheque.com.
Thursday, March 10
A retirement home for progressive activists in the middle of central Los Angeles, and the close friendship of two women in particular, become the subject of Laura Gabbert’s documentary, “Sunset Story.” Those who haven’t caught it along the film festival circuit can see it at the Laemmle Fairfax, where it opens this week. The broadcast version will air on PBS on March 22.
Laemmle Fairfax, 7907 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-4010. www.sunsetstory.com
Friday, March 11
Feisty Sarah Silverman’s lesser-known sis makes news of her own this year, both with her role in “Cops,” a gritty dramatic play about Chicago detectives currently playing at the Steve Allen Theatre, and with her upcoming co-starring role in HBO’s “Comeback,” starring Lisa Kudrow. Laura Silverman is her name, and you’ll be hearing it more often soon enough. Check out “Cops,” and say you saw her on her way up.
8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.). $10-$15. 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-7822. www.copstheplay.com
Actresses, including Lainie Kazan (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and Liz Sheridan (“Seinfeld”), say the “V” word loud and proud today, in honor of V Day, a global movement aimed at ending violence against women and girls. They present “The Vagina Monologues” along with Eva Tamargo Lemus (“Passions”), April Madson (“Quintuplets”), Jerri Manthey (“Survivor”) and Rolanda Watts (“Sister, Sister”) in a special benefit performance for The Women of Iraq: Under Siege, Jewish Family Service – Family Violence Project and National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles– Women Helping Women.
7 p.m. (silent auction) 8 p.m. (show) $25-$30. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310) 628-6094.
Sunday, February 27
Future Spielbergs show their stuff at this weekend’s sixth annual International Jewish Student Film Festival at USC. Friday night Shabbat dinner includes a guest panel discussion with industry execs Page Ostrow, Richard Propper and Ken Topolsky; Saturday offers screenings of episodes of honoree Gabe Sachs’ shows “Freaks and Geeks” and “Life as We Know It,” followed by a Q and A. And the official festival takes place today at noon, giving you plenty of time to catch some up-and-comers and still get home for the arrived.
The trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager falsely accused of murdering a young girl in 1913, was a dark moment in American history but also galvanized the newly created Anti-Defamation League. The play, “The Knights of Mary Phagan,” is based on the story of the Frank trial and its aftermath, and plays at Theatre 68 through March 20.
8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sun.). $20. 5419 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.