Calendar Picks and Clicks: Aug. 31-Sept 6, 2013
SAT AUG 31
“BETWEEN DARKNESS AND LIGHT”
For Selichot this year, share in a unique experience of drama, prayer, music and meditation. Theatre Dybbuk, a modern theater group devoted to exploring Jewish myth, folklore and wisdom, joins with clergy to ring in the New Year with a dramatic reflection on life and the power of rebirth. There will be a pre-performance dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. No reservations needed. Valley Beth Shalom, 16739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. “>templealiyah.org.
“IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD”
There’s lying, deceit and double-crossing — perfect for the weeks before Yom Kippur! Director Stanley Kramer leads the likes of Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, Edie Adams, Ethel Merman and more through a madcap cross-country romp to find a hefty amount of stolen bank loot under a “Big W.” The Aero Theatre screens a 70mm print of this epic all-star comedy film celebrating its 50th anniversary. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $11 (general), $9 (seniors and students), $7 (member). Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-1528. SUN SEPT 1
“I HAVE LIVED A THOUSAND YEARS”
If memoirs could move, they might look a little like this. Based on the story of Livia Bitton-Jackson’s experience as a young girl living through the Holocaust, the Stretch Dance Company offers a moving, educational and realistic journey for audiences. With emotionally driven choreography, historically accurate set designs and an original score, we understand that thoughtful creativity is one response to unimaginable sorrow. Not appropriate for ages 12 and under. Sun. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15 (general), $10 (student), free (survivors). Studio A Dance, 2306 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles. MON SEPT 2
“FACES OF HOMELESSNESS”
Painting the unseen among us, Stuart Perlman illuminates stories and lives that may otherwise go unnoticed. Capturing more than 100 homeless on location at Venice Beach, Perlman’s exhibition combines the portraits with essays that tell the subjects’ stories, narratives detailing the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles and Jewish texts that speak to the issue. There will also be information letting the public know how they can get involved. Mon. Through Nov. 3. Regular synagogue hours. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org. For information on private docent-led tour, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUE SEPT 3
ISRAEL GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
Who are you, anyway? The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) invites you to learn about some of the roots they have unearthed. Garri Regev, president of the Israel Genealogical Research Association, will discuss her group’s activities in Israel and their new free online database, which includes material dating back to the Ottoman period. Also, learn about the newest developments in family history research from the recent International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Conference. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $5 (general), Free (JGSLA members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. THU SEPT 5
“MUSIC BY GLASS-DANCE BY DIAVOLO”
Diavolo Dance Theater’s “Fluid Infinities,” the third and final installment of an L.A. Philharmonic-commissioned dance series, has arrived. Diavolo showcases their inventive physical structures and patterned acrobatics to Glass’ haunting “Symphony No. 3.” With one of the most influential and inspired composers of the late 20th century sourcing the sound for the choreography, this audience can have great expectations. Diavolo also brings its innovative movements to John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet Suite.” Thu. 8 p.m. $11.50-$114.50. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Aug. 24-30, 2013
SAT AUG 24
This Iranian-American knows a thing or two about uniting sounds. Along with his Texas-based ensemble, Shafinury creates music that not only denies geography, but also time. He combines Iranian, Indian, Mexican and Texan sounds with modern electronic beats and American folk/rock; pinpointing an exact origin might be a challenge — so just sit back and enjoy. Hosted by KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. “>cinefamily.org.
SUN AUG 25
YIDDISH TANGO CLUB
When is the last time you got your Jewish Latin fix? It’s probably been too long. With international backgrounds, a youthful spirit and Latin influences, the Yiddish Tango Club covers lots of bases. Come groove to its contemporary interpretation of the traditional. Sun. Noon and 2 p.m. $10 (general), $7 (seniors, students, children over 12), $5 (ages 2-12), free (members, children under 2). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. “>circlesocal.org.
It’s a book signing and film screening all in one. Henry Jaglom — the indie director behind films like “Déjà Vu” and “Eating” — introduces a double feature of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” and “The Magnificent Ambersons” and signs his new book, “My Lunches With Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles.” Get the inside scoop from a Welles confidante. Sun. 6:30 p.m. (book signing), 7:30 p.m. (screenings). $7-$11. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456. “>meetup.com/S-KI-Jewish-Singles.
WED AUG 28
ROSH HASHANAH COOKING CLASS
Put on the apron and learn to cook dishes that will impress your guests! YALA and JCC Without Walls sponsor an evening of hands-on culinary instruction from a professional chef. Ages 25-40. 7 p.m. $50 per person. Sur La Table, The Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8247. “>israeliamerican.org.
THU AUG 29
DENDE & BAND
If your spirit needs lifting, look no further. Under the leadership of master percussionist Dende, this Afro-Brazilian band combines reggae, merengue and basically a lot of joy. A musician since age 14, Dende has honed his craft by playing with artists that range from Mongo Santamaria to David Byrne. KCRW’s Jeremy Sole will spin records in the courtyard starting at 7 p.m. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Aug. 10-16, 2013
SAT AUG 10
Celebrate Jewish culture with Southern California-based klezmer band Mostly Kosher’s bandleader and singer Leeav Sofer and Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin. They perform songs and stories from across the globe as part of the family series “Big!World!Fun!” at the Ford. Sat. 10 a.m. $5 (adults), free (ages 12 and younger). John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. “>yicc.org.
“AN EVENING OF DANCE”
The Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series continues with the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Led by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions troupe brings its athletic, lyrical, technically proficient and seasoned choreography and dancers to the Ford stage. The evening also includes local favorite Lula Washington Dance Theatre, a creative outlet for dancers in South Los Angeles. Sat. 8 p.m. $45-$85. John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. TUE AUG 13
“ROMAN POLANSKI: A RETROSPECTIVE”
Sure, there is controversy, but Polanski is a prolific and influential filmmaker. James Greenberg, editor-in-chief of DGA Quarterly, the journal of the Directors Guild of America, discusses and signs his new tribute to the man behind “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Chinatown” and “The Pianist” (to name a few). Documenting Polanski’s rich and varied career, this chronological retrospective features more than 250 images, including behind-the-scenes stills. Greenberg uniquely captures the five decades that Polanski has been a significant, complicated and distinctive voice. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. “>jewishla.org/yala.
WED AUG 14
“THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE”
If you thought you knew everything there was to know about health care, think again. National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) presents Laurie Simons’ and Terry Sterrenberg’s documentary on the right to get healthy. Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, it chronicles the evolution of the health care systems in Canada and the United States. Now very different, these two countries once had systems that were essentially the same. The event also includes a panel with physicians and policy advocates Bill Honigman and Bob Vinetz. Wed. 11:30 a.m. Free. RSVP. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. THU AUG 15
The emotional and spiritual sounds of Persia are coming to the Skirball. With influences that stretch back to ancient times and musicians from Greek, Persian and Syrian traditions, Khadem’s concerts celebrate cultural diversity. You will also experience global instruments like the oud, tonbak, setar and kanun, turning your Thursday night into something rather exotic. Show up at 7:15 p.m. for the Kurdish and Azeri dance instruction. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. “>jnf.org.
FRI AUG 16
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Aug. 3-9, 2013
SUN AUG 4
CALIFORNIA STRING QUARTET
Coffee? Check. Cookies? Check. Concert? Check! The Music Guild presents the California String Quartet as part of its 2013 Summer Festival. Playing since 2002, these four artists hail from Hungary, Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union and Solana Beach. With two violins, a cello and a viola, this award-winning ensemble promises rich sounds, passion for the classics, and a warm and intimate performance. The program includes selections from Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Sun. 3 p.m. $50 (general), $45 (seniors), $12 (full-time students), $7 (children, 17 and under). University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 558-3500. “>museumoftolerance.com.
MON AUG 5
While it might not be your usual cantorial music resource, the band has had a long relationship with Hebrew and Judaism. Not only are Phish’s drum and bass players Jewish, the band as a whole has spent time covering and repurposing traditional Jewish songs. While we can’t promise you’ll hear “Avinu Malkeinu” or “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav,” we feel pretty confident that the evening will be an eclectic showcase of a veteran band. Mon. 7 p.m. $57-$74. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. THU AUG 8
THE DANIEL ROSENBOOM GROUP
JazzPOP and Creative Underground LA present Daniel Rosenboom. Trumpeter, improviser, composer and record producer, Rosenboom skillfully fuses genres and collaborates with peers to create sounds that feel both classic and innovative. Having founded the collective Creative Underground LA in 2013, Rosenboom is not just passionate about his music, but the art and expression of creative types throughout the city. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. “>skirball.org.
FRI AUG 9
“Saturday Night Live” is on hiatus for the summer, so we have to get our laughs somewhere else. Spend your evening at the Improv, where stand-up comedian, actor and TV host Ben Gleib performs. A roundtable regular on “Chelsea Lately” and a podcaster for the SModcast Network, Gleib guarantees a funny Friday and a medley of material. Ages 18 and over. Fri. 8 p.m. $15, plus two-item minimum. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. “>cinema.ucla.edu.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 27-Aug. 2
SAT JULY 27
The rock ’n’ roll cellist brings something edgy to an outdoor summer evening during “Moving Pictures With Matt Haimovitz,” presented as part of MUSE/IQUE’s Summer of Sound. Israeli born and educated at Harvard and Juilliard, Haimovitz has a wealth of world experience and knowledge to share through his music, which features highlights from acclaimed film scores, classical music, rock and other genres. The program also includes “American Idol” finalist Allison Iraheta and a world-premiere composition by Peter Golub. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $35-$96. Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. (626) 539-7089. “>cinema.ucla.edu.
IPALPITI FESTIVAL GRAND FINALE
The world just got a little bit smaller — and louder. The Ipalpiti Orchestra performs the final songs of its festival under the direction of Eduard Schmieder. Musicians from multiple countries, including Israel, Denmark, Romania and Germany, will play pieces by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Anton Webern, Marc-Olivier Dupin and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Let’s send them off with a nice farewell. Sat. 8 p.m. $24-$120. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (310) 205-0511. MON JULY 29
KLEZFEST “J.A.M. SESSION”
The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony is bringing Eastern Europe to you in its second annual klezmer music celebration. It’s all-inclusive, so bring an instrument or some dancing shoes, because the stage belongs to you, too. And if you’re a little nervous about dancing, don’t be. Yiddish dance master Bruce Bierman will lead the way. Mon. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Los Angeles. (323) 461-3673. THU AUG 1
The acclaimed Israeli composer, producer and performer resets Hebrew prayers and poetry to Indian devotional music. Blending international and personal influences, Ben-Tzur’s West Coast premiere showcases exactly what it means to cross political and religious boundaries. Part of the Skirball Sunset Concert series. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. FRI AUG 2
SHABBAT IN THE PARK
Spice up your Shabbat tradition with an outdoor escape. The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, Shalom Institute and various Valley synagogues are partnering for a special Shabbat evening. Led by a medley of clergy, you won’t be wanting for a sense of community. The festivities include arts and crafts, a drum circle and social action projects. Bring a picnic dinner and stay for the after-service concert with family-friendly songs. Fri. 5 p.m. (activities), 6:15 p.m. (service). Free. Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 668-2336. “>thenohoartscenter.com.
Father and son collaborate to create this poetic exploration of religion, specifically the Baha’i faith, in these contemporary times. Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf and his cinematographer son, Maysam, travel to Israel and follow a gardener from Papua New Guinea who shares who he is and why he has settled where he has. With different opinions and lots of questions, “The Gardner” opens up a dialogue about spirituality and family that will leave you in thoughtful reflection. Fri. Various times. $12-$15. Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 20–26
SAT JULY 20
YJP SUMMER WHITE PARTY
Are you young, Jewish and professional? The Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles’ annual Summer White Party is back, and bigger and bolder than ever. Avoid the tired club and lounge scene at this poolside garden party. Enjoy a premium open bar, DJ and the privacy of a home away from your own. White cocktail attire, because that’s the summer way. YJP hasn’t forgotten what day it is, though, and the night will also include Havdalah under the stars. Ages 21 and over. $40 (online), $50 (door). Private residence in Beverly Hills. (310) 692-4190. MON JULY 22
“WHERE WAS GOD DURING THE HOLOCAUST?”
Join the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for a discussion of faith during hard times. Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, the Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, moderates a panel that will try to make sense of the senseless. The evening will include a host of interfaith voices, including the Rev. Scott Colglazier of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles; Fred Siegel, elder in the Beverly Hills Jehovah’s Witness Congregation; and Imam Jihad Turk, president of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school at Claremont Lincoln University. Mon. 6:30 p.m. $40 (preferred seating), $20 (general seating), $15 (ages 12 and under). Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 465-5077. “>booksoup.com.
WED JULY 24
URBAN GARDEN PARTY
Nothing says party like vegetables and dirt! Join the Young Adults of Los Angeles for the group’s third annual summer soiree. Festivities include planting a vegetable garden to donate to YALA’s program partners, live music, a photo booth, drinks, food and complimentary parking. Leave your green thumb print and take a bit of the L.A. Jewish community back home with you. Wed. 7 p.m. $15 (Ben-Gurion Society and Chai Society members), $20 (community presale), $25 (walk-ins). Tiato, 2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 761-8247. THU JULY 25
In this new documentary, director Emmanuel Itier celebrates women healing the world. First exploring the ancient goddess cultures, Itier journeys through the history of women and interviews 100 influential visionaries and scholars. Author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard and Austrian-born social activist Riane Eisler are just two of the featured interviews that showcase what the Jewish woman’s place has been in bettering our planet. Discussion with director following the screening. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $11 (general), $9 (seniors and students), $7 (members). Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456. FRI JULY 26
KAHN JAZZ AND BLUES REVUE
Leave your inside-museum voices at home. Longtime pianist, composer and arranger George Kahn brings his all-star band to LACMA Jazz. Featuring vocalists Courtney Lemmon and Gina Saputo, Kahn and his cohorts will provide easy listening. Maybe you’ll even hear some of the latest off of his sixth and most recent album, “Cover Up!” Fri. 6 p.m. Free. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 867-3000. “>levittpavilionpasadena.org.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: June 29 – July 5, 2013
SAT JUNE 29
In Lebanese writer-director Ziad Doueiri’s latest drama, Israeli Arab surgeon Amin has his picture-perfect life in Tel Aviv turned upside down when police inform him that his wife was killed in a suicide bombing at a restaurant — and they believe she was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Palestinian actor Ali Suliman (“Paradise Now”) and Israeli actress Reymonde Amsellem (“Lebanon”) co-star. Sat. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children 11 and under, seniors). Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
SUN JUNE 30
He discovered martial arts sensation Bruce Lee, guided the careers of celebrities like Woody Allen, Joan Rivers and Neil Diamond, and championed the making of the Warner Bros. concert film “Woodstock.” Weintraub, a Hollywood legend you’ve probably never heard of, discusses his memoir, “Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me,” as part of the Autry exhibition “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic.” Sun. 2-4 p.m. Museum admission rates apply: $10 (adults), $6 (students, seniors), $4 (children 3-12), free (children under 3). Autry National Center, Griffith Park, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000, ext. 326. theautry.org.
MUST LOVE DOGS
Organized by JDate, this singles event for likeminded animal lovers features drinks, games and a bit of shmoozing — and dogs are welcome (leashes required). Tamar Geller, an ex-Israeli intelligence officer-turned-celebrity dog coach, hosts the event. Proceeds benefit Operation Heroes & Hounds, which pairs wounded veterans with shelter dogs. You don’t need to be a JDater or own a dog to attend. Ages 21 and over. Sun. 2-5 p.m. $50. Private Topanga Canyon estate (RSVP to receive address). jdate.com/mustlovedogs.
“NO STATIC AT ALL”
“If your world is spinning … put a record on” is the tagline of writer-actor Alex Knox’s solo show in which a Jewish man’s crisis of faith takes him on a journey of self-discovery, which includes stops at untamed beaches on Kauai, sweaty recording studios in Los Angeles and a tiny town in Israel that hides an earthshaking relic. Directed by Becca Wolff. Ages 17 and over. Sun. 2 p.m. $10. The Lounge Theatres, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 469-9988. hollywoodfringe.org.
In Israeli artist Mordechay’s latest exhibition, mixed-media installations encroach on nearly every surface of the project space, with delicate paper sculptures suspended in intricate wire structures. Sun. Through July 28. 4 p.m. (art show opening). Free (donations welcome). Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. beyondbaroque.org.
“ASK A JEW”
Journal columnist Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt, a pair of outspoken and opinionated radio personalities for whom religion is a favorite topic of discussion, appear in conversation. Hewitt interviews Prager about why Jews keep kosher, why Jews don’t believe the messiah has come and more. Q-and-A session with the speakers follows. Sun. 5-7 p.m. $25-$75. First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. (847) 840-5535. askajewevent.com.
THU JULY 4
INDEPENDENCE DAY BBQ
Kibitz, dance and nosh. Organized by the Chai Center, this eighth annual Fourth of July bash features live spinning by DJ Gary; burgers, hot dogs and veggie options; beer and soft drinks; a Jewish astrology table and more. Co-sponsored by JConnectLA and AMIT. Young professionals (ages 21-39) only. ID required. Thu. 2-6 p.m. $13 (advance), $18 (door). Private residence, 602 N. Whittier Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 639-3255. chaicenter.org/bbq.
FRI JULY 5
“BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II”
Dust off the picnic baskets and pack up the carrots — Bugs is back. This latest world-premiere concert of Warner Bros. cartoons on the big screen — with their exhilarating scores played live — features composer, conductor and show creator George Daugherty and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Expect old favorites “Duck Amuck,” “What’s Opera, Doc?” “The Rabbit of Seville” and “Baton Bunny,” two new 3D theatrical animated shorts and more. Fri. Through July 6. 8 p.m. $17-$167 (general), free (ages 2 and under). Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: June 15-21
SUN JUNE 16
GELLER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
American Jewish University’s inaugural arts festival begins with an evening of contemporary dance with BODYTRAFFIC and the L.A. Dance Project, directed by Benjamin Millepied, a choreographer best known for his work on “Black Swan.” The festival continues with Gideon Raff discussing the similarities and difference between his Israeli series “Hatufim” and its American counterpart, “Homeland”; a performance by internationally renowned Israeli singer Noa and her longtime partner, Gil Dor; as well as a sold-out evening with comedian Joan Rivers. Sun. BODYTRAFFIC/L.A. Dance Project. 7 p.m. $45-$100. June 17. Gideon Raff. 7:30 p.m. $25. June 18. Noa and Gil Dor. 7:30 p.m. $45-$100. June 20. Joan Rivers. 7:30 p.m. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. wcce.aju.edu.
The Hammer’s fourth annual celebration of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” includes dramatic readings of the book’s “sirens” section by professional actors, live music by Irish band the Sweet Set, a Guinness happy hour and more. Set on the same date as Joyce’s novel, the event takes its name from the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom, who was born a Jew. Sun. 2-8 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.
TUE JUNE 18
“COMEDY NIRVANA! AN EVENING WITH MARC MARON”
Maron is on fire. His refreshingly honest — not to mention popular — podcast features one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment, and “Maron,” a new IFC series, offers more confessional, raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy. Tonight, catch the actor-comedian and members of the IFC series cast and creative team, including Bobcat Goldthwait, for an exclusive conversation featuring clips from the series. Tue. 7 p.m. $20. The Paley Center, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000. paleycenter.org/2013-spring-marc-maron.
“A BOY AVENGER, A NAZI DIPLOMAT AND A MURDER IN PARIS”
Journal book editor and author Jonathan Kirsch appears in conversation with ALOUD curator Louise Steinman to discuss his book “The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris.” Released this month, “A Boy Avenger” examines the historical details and oral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II, concerning a 17-year-old Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, who walked into the German embassy in Paris on Nov. 7, 1938, and assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat. Two days later, the Third Reich exploited the murder to inaugurate its long-planned campaign of terror against Germany’s Jewish citizens — what became known as Kristallnacht. Tue. 7:15 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org.
“THE JUDY SHOW — MY LIFE AS A SITCOM”
Judy Gold, the 6-foot-3 Jewish mother of two, is bringing her big, critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit to the Geffen. A one-woman show and homage to the classic sitcoms of Gold’s youth, including “The Brady Bunch,” “The Partridge Family” and “Facts of Life,” “The Judy Show” covers life, love, show biz and, ultimately her quest for her very own show. Through July 28. Tue. 8 p.m. $57. The Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Season, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-2028. geffenplayhouse.com.
THU JUNE 20
“THE BIG SHOW”
Orthodox music superstars Lipa Schmeltzer, an American Chasidic singer and composer who has been called “The Jewish Elvis”; frum rock duo the 8th Day, which combines contemporary popular music with Jewish themes; and vocalist Benny Friedman come together for a concert to raise funds for Bais Chaya Mushka Girls School. Israeli comedian and emcee Modi Rosenfeld brings the funny. Thu. 6:30 p.m. $18-$54. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles. (310) 363-0770. jewishconcertla.com.
The author and Hunter College professor discusses “Laughing all the Way to Freedom: Social Functions of Jewish Humor.” The lecture, which draws on his book, “Taking Penguins to the Movies: Ethnic Humor in Russia,” examines the crucial role of Jewish humor at the time of the modern-day exodus of Jews from Russia. Thu. 6:30 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Public Library, Westwood Branch, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1739. www.lapl.org/branches/westwood.
FRI JUNE 21
Alex, a 27-year-old drug dealer, is continuously paying off the debts of his burdensome brother, Isaac, in director Elie Wajeman’s moody Parisian thriller. When their cousin, who returns to France after his military service in Israel, tells Alex he wants to go back to Tel Aviv to open a restaurant, Alex is tempted to join him. Torn between making his aliyah, selling drugs, his complicated love life and a destructive brother, Alex will have to find his own way and make a final decision. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 11, seniors). Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: June 1-7, 2013
SAT JUNE 1
LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
More than 20 dramas, documentaries, comedies, foreign language films and shorts will be shown at seven venues from Thousand Oaks to Beverly Hills. Highlights at the eighth annual L.A. Jewish Film Festival include tonight’s star-studded opening-night gala celebration with the premiere of the comedy “Putzel,” starring Susie Essman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Melanie Lynskey (“Two and a Half Men”); “Neil Diamond: Solitary Man,” a documentary on the music icon; “Becoming Henry/Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir,” with Polanski addressing every aspect of his celebrated and controversial life; “My Father and the Man in Black,” the untold story of Johnny Cash and his talented but troubled manager; and “When Comedy Went to School,” the closing-night film, which presents an entertaining portrait of the country’s greatest generation of comedians. A program of the Jewish Journal. Sat. Through June 6. Various times, locations. $40 (opening-night gala), $7-$12 (films). (213) 368-1661. lajfilmfest.org.
“ON SACRED GROUND”
Rabbi Anne Brener, a psychotherapist and director of spiritual development at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California; the Rev. Janet Bregar, a pastor of Westwood’s Village Lutheran Church; and the Rev. Tom Eggebeen, interim pastor at Hawthorne’s Calvary Presbyterian Church, reflect on the passages from the Five Books of Moses that guide their lives. Jeff Bernhardt, editor of “On Sacred Ground,” moderates. Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom hosts. Sat. 12:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
The Industry, Los Angeles’ home for new and experimental opera, presents this showcase of excerpts from six new operatic works-in-progress. Included are Brooklyn composer Aaron Siegel’s “Brother Brother,” an operatic work for percussion, strings, choir, soloists and actors that explores the enigma of brotherhood, and “Pierrot Lunaire,” a new theatrical song cycle by rising star composer Mohammed Fairouz with libretto by cultural critic and poet Wayne Koestenbaum (“The Anatomy of Harpo Marx”). The performances feature the modern music collective wild Up, conducted by Christopher Rountree and The Industry’s music director, Marc Lowenstein. Sat. 2 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.
SUN JUNE 2
SORO COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
This annual gathering near Pico-Robertson builds bridges among local neighbors, businesses and nonprofits, and celebrates the cultural diversity of the community. This year, the 16th annual SoRo (South Robertson) Festival features a variety of L.A.’s hottest gourmet food trucks, including Kosher Grill on Wheels; more than 60 vendors, with the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles and ORT America among them; a boutique with Jewish artwork for sale; live musical entertainment and dancing. Attractions for children include a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, and more. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus Avenue and Beverlywood Street (just north of the 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit). (310) 295-9920. soronc.org.
JTEENLA FILMFEST: “TELLING THE JEWISH STORY”
JTeenLA’s “Telling the Jewish Story” showcases a diverse range of short films from Southland students. Halston Sage of Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock” introduces the festival, and a teen filmmaker panel and reception follow the screenings. A program of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, BJE — Builders of Jewish Education and The Righteous Conversations Project. Sun. 3 p.m. $6 (students, seniors), $8 (adults). Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (213) 368-1661. lajfilmfest.org.
“SUPERMAN AT 75: A JEWISH HERO FOR ALL TIME”
For those who are curious about Superman’s Kryptonian name, Kal-El, which is Hebrew for “vessel of God,” or who have ever wondered why the origin story of the world’s first superhero seems like it’s straight out of the Book of Exodus, today’s discussion explores the Man of Steel’s Jewish roots. Marking 75 years since Superman debuted in the June 1938 issue of Action Comics, Larry Tye, author of “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero,” the first full-fledged bio of Superman; Geoff Johns, chief creative officer at DC Comics; Jack Larson, television’s original Jimmy Olsen; and “Superman” director Richard Donner appear in conversation. A Q-and-A and book signing follow. Sun. 2 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (members), $5 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
WED JUNE 5
“INSIDE JEWISH TURKEY”
If you’re interested in learning about Turkey’s Jewish community, which has a long history of self-sufficiency, don’t miss tonight’s shmoozefest, featuring young Jewish voices from Turkey discussing their traditions, triumphs and challenges, which continue to define their community. Organized by Entwine, the young adults outreach movement of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and presented in association with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Wed. 7-10 p.m. Free. Mama’s Secret Bakery & Cafe, 8314-8316 W. Third St., Los Angeles. jewishturkeyla.eventbrite.com.
FRI JUNE 7
Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic stars Barbara Sukowa as the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Arendt. Using footage from the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial — during which Arendt introduced her now-famous concept of “the Banality of Evil” in her controversial reporting of the trial for The New Yorker — and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta turns the invisible passion for thought into immersive and dramatic cinema. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 12, seniors). Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 25–31
SAT MAY 25
Jewish Women’s Theatre sets the record straight about Jewish mothers in this new salon show featuring stories, poems, memoirs and songs. Performers include Shelly Goldstein, Annie Korzen and Monica Piper. Dessert reception and post-show Q-and-A included. Through May 26. Sat. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25-$35. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. jewishwomenstheater.org.
Rochelle is in the midst of a midlife crisis, feeling lost and alone — until she takes a Flamenco class. Her immersion into Spanish music, song and dance takes her on a journey of sisterhood, faith and discovery in the world premiere of writer Stephen Sachs’ new comedy-drama. Sat. Through July 14. 8 p.m. (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sunday). $34, $25 (students, seniors – Thursday and Friday only). The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-1525. fountaintheatre.com.
SUN MAY 26
In Magid’s new novel, “Sown in Tears,” Leah Peretz is trying to survive life on the Pale of Settlement in 1905 czarist Russia. She must defend her children following a brutal attack on her village and deal with the advances of a Russian officer who is attracted to her despite his antipathy toward the Jews. Magid, a founding member of the MorningStar Commission, a group of industry women who advocate for a more accurate portrayal of Jewish women in film and TV, discusses her book and signs copies during this Local Authors Day event, which also features Robert Diemer and Barbara Jacobs. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Coloroado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. vromansbookstore.com.
MON MAY 27
Remembrance services for veterans take place countywide. Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary hosts VA Greater Los Angeles’ Rabbi Barbara Sachs Speyer and Bea Cohen, who at 103 is the state’s oldest living female veteran; Groman Eden Mortuary’s gathering with Jewish War Veterans of the USA-Post 603 features a keynote presentation, reading and special tribute to Jewish-American veterans; and Conejo Mountain Memorial Park’s “Lest We Forget” includes a flag ceremony, live music and a memorial wreath tribute. Mon. Hillside: 10 a.m. Free. Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 576-1994. hillsidememorial.org. Groman: 11 a.m. Free. Groman Eden Mortuary, 11500 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills. (800) 522-4875. Conejo Mountain: 11 a.m. Free. Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo. (805) 482-1959. conejomountain.com.
TUE MAY 28
“LIGHT OUT OF THE DARKNESS”
Last winter, UCLA students interviewed Holocaust survivors and documented their experiences through audio narratives and photographs for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Student Andrew Rosenstein’s photos serve as the basis of UCLA Hillel’s new exhibition, “Light Out of the Darkness: Memories of the Holocaust.” Today’s opening includes a conversation between Rosenstein and Todd Presner, director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. Tue. 3:30-5 p.m. (opening). Free. Hillel at UCLA, 5764 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081. ucla.hillel.org.
WED MAY 29
“NOBODY DOES IT BETTER”
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, singer Melissa Manchester and Cantor Magda Fishman are the featured performers during Temple Beth Am’s communitywide concert gala. Honoring the philanthropic Ziering clan, the event also features a musical tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. Wed. 7 p.m. $75-$250. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. sabantheatre.org.
THU MAY 30
THE ISRAEL CONFERENCE
Bridging the shores of the Mediterranean and the Pacific, entrepreneurs, investors, executives and tech enthusiasts from around the world converge on this two-day annual gathering at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset to learn about Israeli businesses and discover the next big trend. The conference’s fifth year features more than 70 speakers from Israel-facing companies — Activision, IBM, Paramount Pictures, Qualcomm — discussing their successes, breakthrough technologies, markets, deals and exits. Program includes meals, networking opportunities and entertainment. Thu. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Through May 31. $345 (advance), $480 (door). Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-5388. theisraelconference.org.
FRI MAY 31
“NOW YOU SEE ME”
Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent and Dave Franco star in this caper flick written by Ed Solomon (“Men in Black) and filmmaker Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans”). The Four Horsemen, a team of the world’s greatest illusionists, stage daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances and then reward their audiences with money, all the while staying one step ahead of the law. Fri. Various times, prices and theaters. nowyouseememovie.com.
The Soviet refusenik, Israeli politician, author and human rights activist appears as Beth Jacob Congregation’s scholar-in-residence. Highlights of his visit include a community dinner and lecture on Friday as well as a Saturday afternoon community lunch and learn, where Sharansky appears in conversation with Jewish Federation of Los Angeles CEO and President Jay Sanderson. Through June 1. Fri. 7:45 p.m. (Friday night community dinner and lecture). Sat. 2 p.m. (lunch and learn). $28 (Friday night), $25 (adults, Saturday lunch and learn), $25 (children, Saturday lunch and learn). Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. RSVP required for dinner and lunch (310) 278-1911. bethjacob.org.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 4-10, 2013
BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND
America’s largest community service festival, which started in 1999 as Temple Israel of Hollywood Mitzvah Day, attracts nearly 50,000 people from every neighborhood, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic group to hundreds of projects in communities across Southern California. Volunteer projects include such activities as planting gardens at schools, fixing up homeless shelters and sprucing up dog parks. Big Sunday Weekend also features concerts, book fairs and blood drives. Fri. Through May 5. Various times. Free. Various locations. (323) 549-9944. bigsunday.org.
SAT MAY 4
Fueled by the artistic vision of choreographer-philosopher Boris Eifman, who told the Journal that he creates “Russian ballets with a Jewish soul,” this acclaimed dance company showcases “Rodin,” an expedition set at the crossroads of passion and insanity, based on the turbulent relationship between famed French sculptor Auguste Rodin and fellow artist Camille Claudel, his mistress and muse. Through May 5. Sat. 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. $29-$109. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org.
“I’M NOT RAPPAPORT”
West Coast Jewish Theatre presents the story of a friendship between two elderly men — Nat Moyer (Jack Axelrod), a feisty, eccentric Jewish leftist who weaves good-natured con games in order to get his way; and Midge Carter (Carl Crudup), a cantankerous African-American who is afraid that he is going to be put out to pasture as his age becomes an issue at his workplace. Through June 23. Sat. 8 p.m. $35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620. westcoastjewishtheatre.org.
MON MAY 6
The Brooklyn-born Jewish composer, violinist and improviser delivers a solo performance during “VLN & VLA,” an epic concert of music for violin and viola. Other guest performers include Andrew Tholl, CalArts violin faculty Lorenz Gamma and CalArts alum Andrew McIntosh. Mon. 7 p.m. $10 (CalArts students/faculty/staff), $16 (students), $20 (general). Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 W. Second St., downtown. (213) 237-2800. redcat.org.
TUE MAY 7
DUO DEL SOL
Israeli native Javier Orgman, who was raised in Uruguay, received violin training in El Sistema, the same place where Gustavo Dudamel learned to play. He and guitarist Tom Farrell make up this musical duo. Specializing in global post-rock, Duo del Sol performs tonight in Los Feliz. Tue. 8 p.m. $12. Rockwell: Table and Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 661-6163. rockwell-la.com.
WED MAY 8
Chef and restaurateur Judy Zeidler teaches the “Italian” way to prepare pastas of all shapes and sizes during her monthly live cooking demonstration, “Cooking ‘Around the World.’ ” Zeidler, a Journal contributor, author of “Italy Cooks” and an instructor at American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education, will be joined by a surprise guest Italian chef. The meal concludes with dessert. Wed. 10 a.m-1 p.m. $64. Location provided upon RSVP (e-mail email@example.com). (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajul.edu.
Pro-Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs presents an evening of comedy at the Hollywood Improv with stand-up comedians Avi Liberman, a regular on E!; Mark Schiff, who has opened for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld; Chris Spencer (“Vibe”); and Michael Loftus, a writer on the FX sitcom “Anger Management.” Proceeds benefit The Koby Mandell Foundation, which provides support to Israeli families affected by terrorism. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $80 (advance purchase), $90 (door), $100 (VIP). Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (310) 836-6140. standwithus.com.
“PEOPLE OF THE BOOK”
A new collection of essays, “On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect on Transformative Passages From the Five Books of Moses,” features more than 100 clergy sharing the passages from the Torah that have brought meaning to their lives. Tonight, a diverse panel of local contributors — including Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector and professor of philosophy at American Jewish University; the Rev. Janet Bregar of Village Lutheran Church of Westwood; the Rev. Thomas Eggebeen, interim pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church; and the Rev. Sylvia Sweeney, dean and president of the Bloy House/Episcopal Theological School of Claremont — read from their reflections, answer questions and engage in an interfaith dialogue. The book’s editor and publisher, Jeff Bernhardt, appears as well. Wed. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039. S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. jewishla.org.
THU MAY 9
“CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS IN CRISIS”
L.A. Unified School Board member Steve Zimmer; Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president and CEO of Community Coalition; Nancy Ramirez, western regional counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and John Rogers, UCLA associate professor and director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, discuss “California Schools in Crisis: Closing the Achievement Gap.” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry moderates the panel, which is co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles; the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, MALDEF, the Los Angeles Urban League and the Anti-Defamation League. Thu. Noon. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: April 20–26, 2013
SAT APRIL 20
LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
The 18th annual Festival of Books features more than 100 panels, stage presentations, music and children’s programs. Authors include Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), singer Lisa Loeb, chef Susan Feniger and Journal contributors Jonathan Kirsch and Bill Boyarsky. Historian Jon Wiener moderates a discussion on “Holocaust Lives” with panelists Kirsch, Joe Bialowitz, Lillian Faderman and Marione Ingram. Sat. Through April 21. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday). Free (indoor Conversations and Book Prizes require tickets). University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles. events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.
“FOR THE RECORD: THE COEN BROTHERS”
Singers and actors perform music from “Fargo,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “The Big Lebowski.” Songs include “Man of Constant Sorrow,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” “Hotel California,” “Somebody to Love” and more. All ages welcome. Sat. Through May 5 (Thursdays-Sundays). 8 p.m. $20 (partial-view seating), $30 (regular seating), $40 (premier seating). Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 661-6163. rockwell-la.com.
SUN APRIL 21
“JEWISH WISDOM AND WELLNESS”
Explore the connections between faith, health and wellness as Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Kalsman Institute and Cedars-Sinai present a week of interdisciplinary learning. A panel discussion, “From Darkness to Light: Judaism on Hope and Health,” opens the event, featuring Rabbis Ed Feinstein (Valley Beth Shalom), Laura Geller (Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills), Naomi Levy (Nashuva) and Abner Weiss (Westwood Village Synagogue), with Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman moderating. More than 60 events this week include “A Spiritual Guide to Autism,” “Defying Aging, Maintaining Memory,” “Drumming for the Jewish Soul” and “Drink, Eat and Have Sex! Can Jews Practice Moderation?” “Debbie Friedman Remembered” closes the event with an evening of tribute and song celebrating the musical legacy of the beloved composer and teacher. Sun. Through April 27. Various times, locations. Free. For a complete list of events, visit jewishwisdomandwellness.org.
BIKUR CHOLIM BLOOD DRIVE
Donate blood to help patients being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Sun. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. bikurcholim.net.
“THE POWER OF JEWISH FILMS 4”
American Jewish University hosts the Ma’aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts, the only film school in the world committed to exploring the Jewish experience through the medium of film. Producer Tom Barad (“Open Window,” “Crazy People,”) moderates a discussion with David Shore, creator of the Fox medical drama “House”; Neta Ariel, director of the Ma’aleh School; and Asi Tzobel, director of “Stand Up,” one of three short films to be screened. Sun. 7 p.m. $20. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. wcce.ajula.edu.
“BREATH IN A RAM’S HORN: THE JEWISH SPIRIT IN CLASSICAL MUSIC”
Composer Daniel Asia leads an interactive presentation that delves into the mysteries and interrelationships of Judaism and classic music, and performs original music inspired by Jewish texts. Presented by the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and Valley Beth Shalom. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. jewishmusicla.org.
WED APRIL 24
The legendary actor-writer-director shares stories from his memoir, “I Remember Me,” a collection of colorful tales about love and laughter, highs and lows and mistakes and triumphs. Wed. 7 p.m. Free (wristbanded event). Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
“HOW TO BE A FRIEND TO A FRIEND WHO’S SICK”
Letty Cottin Pogrebin discusses her new book, “How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick,” with actor-director-photographer Leonard Nimoy. Pogebrin takes on the challenging question of how to provide comfort to people close to us and avoid botching the effort. Book sale and signing to follow. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
THU APRIL 25
GARY BASEMAN: “THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN”
The first major museum exhibition of the artist, illustrator, animator and toy designer’s life and work explores the influences of Baseman’s Jewish family heritage and American popular culture on his art. Born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Polish-born Holocaust survivors, Baseman began his career as a successful illustrator in the 1980s, then transitioned into fine art in 1999, gaining wide recognition for his whimsical work. This exhibition includes an array of his illustrations for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker and Rolling Stone; original paintings and sketches; and his artwork for the board game Cranium. What’s more, the works are presented in a setting that recalls his family home in the Fairfax district. Thu. Through Aug. 18. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday). $10 (general), $7 (seniors, full-time students), $5 (children, 2-12). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org/exhibitions/gary-baseman.
FRI APRIL 26
This ensemble of classically trained Israeli and American musicians grew out of pianist Eliran Avni’s desire for simulating the shuffle mode on an iPod player on stage. This later transformed into the concept of letting the audience decide what pieces are performed, and the result is a daring septet of pieces that range from baroque, classical and romantic to jazz, pop and Broadway. Participating musicians include Jessica Pearlman (oboe), Ariadne Greif (soprano), Francisco Fullana (violin), Linor Katz (cello), Moran Katz (clarinet) and Avni (piano). Fri. 8 p.m. $25. Ruth Todd Memorial Concert Hall, G-122, Long Beach City College campus, Long Beach. shuffleconcertlbcc.bpt.me.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: April 6-13, 2013 [YOM HASHOAH CALENDAR]
SUN APRIL 7
This Arab-Jewish ensemble, composed of three members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and four musicians from Israel’s Arab community, performs a concert for peace in honor of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 65th birthday. Sun. 4-6 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8932. wbtla.org.
Pepperdine University’s Judaic Cultural Awareness Club presents an evening of music, discussion and nosherei with Matisyahu. The singer participates in a pre-concert “Convosation,” where he explores his Judaism and its connection to his work, answers questions from the audience and performs a one-hour acoustic show. Kosher-style food trucks. Sun. 5-8 p.m. $5. Pepperdine University, Firestone Fieldhouse, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4164. matisyahupepperdine.eventbrite.com.
YOM HASHOAH EVENTS
The annual community-wide Holocaust commemoration at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and Pan Pacific Park features an inter-generational walk with survivors, a musical performance by Theodore Bikel and a keynote lecture by UCI’s Ruth Kluger. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 11 a.m. (walk), 2 p.m. (Ceremony of Commemoration). 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries leads a memorial service, collects tzedakah for the Six Million Coins project and holds a panel discussion on Raoul Wallenberg. 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. Sun. 10 a.m. 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (800) 600-0076. mountsinaiparks.org.
Temple Ramat Zion’s “Remembering the Past, Securing the Future” interfaith program features local religious leaders, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Abraham Cooper, and City Councilman Mitch Englander. Sun. 4 p.m. 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 360-1881. trz.org.
“Tomorrow Never Came,” a family-oriented program, remembers the children of Terezin. Co-sponsored by Sinai Akiba Academy, MATI, the Israeli Leadership Council and the Sinai Temple Israel Center. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 456-8527. tinyurl.com/c96695o.
A memorial march starts at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and ends at Beth Jacob Congregation, where a program features guest speaker Peninnah Schram. Simon Wiesenthal Center March: Sun. 6:45 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Program: Sun. 7:30 p.m. 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. bethjacob.org.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance hold a commemoration that includes David Siegel, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles; Bernd Fischer, consul general of Germany; Cantor Natan Baram and the Jewish Community Children’s Choir. Mon. 10:30 a.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP required. (310) 772-2505. museumoftolerance.com.
TUE APRIL 9
“WEST SIDE STORY”
Relive the singing, dancing and more as the beloved musical returns. The Grammy-winning Broadway revival includes Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s score, featuring such classics as “I Feel Pretty,” “America” and “Tonight.” Tue. 8 p.m. Through April 14. 8 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 2 and 8 p.m. (Saturday), 1 and 6:30 p.m. (Sunday). Tickets start at $25. The Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 468-1770. broadwayla.org.
THU APRIL 11
LOS ANGELES MAYORAL DEBATE
Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel square off over the local economy, jobs and transportation during a televised debate at American Jewish University (AJU). American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League and AJU co-sponsor with KABC 7. Thu. 6:40-8 p.m. Free (reservations required). American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 446-4243. lamayoraldebate.eventbrite.com.
Israeli writer Meir Shalev discusses technique, craft and other facets of his art during “Concerning the Process of Writing” for the USC Initiative for Israeli Art and Humanities. Thu. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. University of Southern California, Doheny Library Lecture Hall, Room 240, USC Campus, Los Angeles. (213) 740-2787. roski.usc.edu.
“HOPE AND REDEMPTION THROUGH DRAMA AND HUMOR”
Valley Beth Shalom’s second annual Short Play Festival, sponsored by the shul’s Jewish Writers Roundtable, features six stories from Jewish writers across the nation: “Plastic Flowers” by Kennedy Center honoree Deanna Alisa Ableser; “Worst Fear” by playwright and screenwriter Barbara Beery; “Holiday Tree” by Dan Berkowitz, co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights; “The Flier” by KPCC correspondent Kitty Felde; “Chestnut Trees” by Universal Television story editor Michael Halperin; and “Audition for a Reality Show” by playwright Michael Solomon. Rabbi Ed Feinstein hosts. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
FRI APRIL 12
“NO PLACE ON EARTH”
In 1942, five Jewish families fled to a cave in southwest Ukraine, where they hid from the Nazis for nearly a year. Documentarian Janet Tobias follows cave explorer Chris Nicola, who, in 1993, discovered unusual objects — buttons, shoes, a grindstone and a rusty key — while mapping cave systems in Ukraine. Over the next nine years, Nicola pieced together the story of the 38 survivors who lived in the cave despite a lack of gear or training. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 12, seniors). Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: March 30-April 5
SAT MARCH 30
LIONEL ROLFE AND JULIA STEIN
Former editor of the B’nai B’rith Messenger, Rolfe reads select passages from his new picaresque memoir, “The Misadventures of Ari Mendelsohn: A Mostly True Memoir of California Journalism,” which follows the sexual and political travails of a blacklisted Jewish reporter. Stein, whose Holocaust poetry highlighted her first book, “Under the Ladder to Heaven,” reads from her fifth book of poetry, “What Were They Like?” which looks at the lives — Iraqi, Afghan and American —caught up in the Iraq and Afghan wars. Sat. 5 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. skylightbooks.com.
SUN MARCH 31
In “Eyes, Stones,” poet Bell’s debut collection, the writer, performer, Jewish Journal poetry editor and educator considers the question of the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the prism of her heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. Bell reads selections from her book and discusses “Two Narratives in One Body: The Making of ‘Eyes, Stones.’ ” Sun. 10 a.m. Free. Temple Mishkon Tephilo, 206 Main St., Venice. (310) 392-3029. www.mishkon.org, elanabell.com/event.
“JOKES FOR JEWS”
Joshua Snyder hosts a seder plate full of stand-up comedians, some Jewish, some not Jewish, including vaudevillian performer Michael Rayner, Los Angeles comic Adam Feuerberg, Upright Citizens Brigade alumnus Steve Halasz and Zara Mizrahi. The full-service bar and restaurant serve an assortment of nosherei. Sun. 7 p.m. $15 (present an afikomen at the door to receive $5 off admission). Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia St., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. flapperscomedy.com.
TUE APRIL 2
Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s play, enjoying its first major L.A. production in more than a decade, follows a trio of misguided misfits who plot the theft of a rare coin collection. As the time of the heist approaches, tension and anticipation build, revealing loyalties and testing friendships. Tue. 8 p.m. Through May 12 (various times). $35-$55. Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. geffenplayhouse.com.
WED APRIL 3
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), longtime writer for “Saturday Night Live,” discusses “How the Jewish Tradition Has Influenced One Senator” for the University of Southern California’s 12th annual Warschaw Distinguished Lecture. After spending 37 years as a comedy writer, author and radio talk-show host, Franken was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 and sworn in in July 2009 following a statewide hand recount. During today’s lecture, expect Franken to expound upon his childhood living in Minneapolis, a city that had once been rife with anti-Semitism, his cultural Jewishness and his pro-Israel beliefs. Mon. 4:45 p.m. (reception), 5:30 p.m. (lecture). Free. University of Southern California, University Park Campus, Embassy Room, Los Angeles. RSVP to (213) 740-1744. casdeninstitute.usc.edu.
THU APRIL 4
A writer and producer on “Seinfeld,” Mehlman discusses and signs his recent book, “Mandela Was Late: Odd things & essays from the Seinfeld writer who coined yada, yada, and made spongeworthy a compliment.” Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.
Attend the U.S. premiere of “Pantry,” a documentary that examines the cultural and social activities of producing and eating food. The film follows MyVillages.org artists Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger, who collaborated with locavore-minded organizations to stock a pantry to feed 8,000 attendees of a Berlin festival. Following the screening, Skirball curator Doris Berger talks with the artists about “Pantry” and their site-specific wall painting, “Let Me Show You Around,” the result of their two-week residency at the Skirball. Thu. 8 p.m. $5 (general), free (Skirball members, full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
FRI APRIL 5
YOM HASHOAH SOUL SOUNDS
An evening of music, poetry and prose written by some of the great artists of the Holocaust, features a special guest performance by Noel Paul Stookey of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Rabbi Steven Leder conducts services with Cantor Don Gurney, during which Stookey performs “Jean Claude,” a song from his latest album, “One & Many,” telling the story of two French boys separated by the Holocaust. A songwriter committed to raising social consciousness, Stookey also performs a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” An oneg Shabbat follows. Fri. 6 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8932. wbtla.org.
ZUKERMAN CHAMBER PLAYERS
In a continuing effort to motivate future generations of musicians, Israeli violinist virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman leads the Zukerman Chamber Players, a world-renowned ensemble featuring four of Zukerman’s young protégés. Together they perform the music of Brahms and Mozart. On Saturday, the quintet plays Mozart, Kodaly and Schumann. Performers include Zukerman (violin), Jessica Linnebach (violin), Jethro Marks (viola), Amanda Forsyth (cello) and Angela Cheng (piano). Fri. 7:30 p.m. $62-$99. Sat. $67-$110. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: March 16-22, 2013
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SAT MARCH 16
“LOVE FROM JEWISH KITCHENS”
Storyteller Karen Golden takes a food-centric journey through the holidays with a buffet of traditional and original stories that highlight how recipes bond generations. A catered nosh — including kugel — follows the performance. Sat. 2-4 p.m. $20. Institute of Musical Arts, 3210 W. 54th St., Los Angeles. (323) 300-6578. lovefromjewishkitchens.eventbrite.com.
SUN MARCH 17
“CONCENTRATIONARY CINEMA/CONCENTRATIONARY MEMORY”
Alain Resnais’ “Night and Fog,” one of the most screened films about the Holocaust, is often criticized for its failure to confront the specificity of the genocide. “Concentrationary Cinema” authors Griselda Pollock and Max Silverman, both professors at the University of Leeds, present their argument that the film’s political aesthetics of resistance might better be approached through the prism of the camps as the core instrument of totalitarianism’s assault on the human condition. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.
“MURDER ON A KIBBUTZ”
Michele Paskow, a lecturer in the Jewish studies department at California State University, Northridge, leads a discussion on “Murder on a Kibbutz: A Communal Case,” a murder mystery by late Israeli author Batya Gur. Today’s event is the first meeting of a book discussion group at CSUN featuring the university’s Jewish studies faculty facilitating conversations about interesting reads. Sun. 2-4 p.m. Free. California State University, Northridge, Oviatt Library, Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-4724. http://www.csun.edu/~jsprogr.
DANIEL KAHN AND THE PAINTED BIRD
Fusing klezmer, political cabaret and punk folk, this internationally renowned ensemble, led by Detroit-area native Daniel Kahn plays West Hollywood. The set-list draws on material from the group’s newest album, “Bad Old Songs,” which features polyglot reinventions of Yiddish folk songs and covers of classics from Leonard Cohen and Franz Josef Degenhardt. Notable Russian-Jewish songwriter Psoy Korolenko appears as a special guest. Sun. 7-8:30 p.m. $10. Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (213) 389-8880. yiddishkayt.org.
MON MARCH 18
“TECHNOLOGY … DOES IT FREE US OR KEEP US ENSLAVED?”
Rabbi Mark Borovitz, spiritual leader of rehabilitation center Beit T’Shuvah, and Cambria Gordon, co-author of “The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming,” discuss mindfulness in navigating today’s technologically dense world during an evening of dinner and learning. Gordon, wife of “Homeland” producer Howard Gordon, who lost control of her SUV while reaching for her cell phone and struck an elderly man in 2011, shares her personal story on the dangers and consequences of distracted driving and the faith-based lessons she learned. Mon. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. beittshuvah.org.
The singer-songwriter, son of folk-rock icon Paul Simon, moves away from his alt country-flavored debut to explore a modern psychedelic folk-rock sound driven by electric guitars as he plays material from his forthcoming sophomore album, “Division Street.” Willoughby, Henry Wolfe and Heather Porcarro also perform. 21 and older. Mon. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 661-4380. thesatellitela.com.
TUE MARCH 19
DORA LEVY MOSSANEN
The Women’s International Zionist Organization hosts a special dessert reception and Q-and-A with the acclaimed Israeli writer. A Jewish Journal contributor, Mossanen is author of the historical novels, “The Last Romanov,” “Harem” and “Courtesan.” Tue. 7 p.m. $36. Light in Art Gallery, 8408 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 378-2312. wizola.org.
FRI MARCH 22
“DORFMAN IN LOVE”
Set in Los Angeles’ revitalized downtown and a highlight of the 2012 Los Angles Jewish Film Festival, this indie romantic-comedy follows a nebbish-y young Jewish woman named Deb (Sara Rue). Trapped in the role of caretaker of her unappreciative family, Deb suddenly gets her own life when she volunteers to cat-sit at her unrequited love’s downtown loft for a week. Oscar nominee Elliott Gould costars as Burt Dorfman, Deb’s cantankerous widowed father. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children younger than 12, seniors). Laemmle’s Noho 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Laemmle’s Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. laemmle.com.
Celebrate the Jewish people’s deliverance from Egyptian slavery with Pesach events that begin well before the first seder on March 25. Highlights include musician Craig Taubman’s interfaith experience, drawing Jewish, Muslim and Christian clergy to downtown’s Pico Union neighborhood; acclaimed restaurant Jar’s kosher-for-Passover menu, which features crispy potato pancakes, Alaskan halibut and horseradish mash potatoes; and the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ women’s seder, which aims to inspire and educate about social justice issues. With events for children and their parents, the elderly, young professionals and for all denominations, there is something for everyone.
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Calendar Picks and Clicks: March 9-15, 2013
SUN MARCH 10
“ISRAEL IN 3-D”
Explore multiple dimensions of Israel with Arieh Saposnik, director of UCLA’s Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, UCLA political science professor Steven Spiegel, visiting scholars and others during this One-Day University program at UCLA. Activities include panel discussions on policy issues, courses on Israeli history, music, economics and art, and a buffet luncheon. Natasha Mozgovaya, former chief U.S. correspondent for Haaretz, delivers the keynote address, “The Israeli Elections: Deepening the Divide or Renewing the Social Contract?” Sun. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Free ($36 for luncheon and keynote address, advance payment required). UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu/israel.
“THE PSALMS: IN THE PAST, IN OUR LIVES”
The 10th annual Interfaith Symposium of Theology, Art and Music examines the Psalms from multiple viewpoints. A panel discussion, moderated by Valley Beth Shalom’s Rabbi Ed Feinstein, features art historian Jeremy Glatstein, composer, conductor and scholar Nick Strimple and prominent Jewish, Protestant and Catholic clergy. Afterward, Strimple conducts the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Chancel Choir, the Choral Society of Southern California and the Zimriyah Chorale in a performance of music inspired by the Psalms. Sun. 1 p.m. (symposium), 3 p.m. (concert). Free. Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 907-7194 or (310) 271-5194. jewishmusicla.org or bhpc.org.
“DREAMS OF HOPE”
Inspired by the critically acclaimed “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” this Valley Torah High School performance — for women only — combines classical piano, dance and choral numbers to celebrate the power and triumph of the children of the Kindertransport. Sun. 3 p.m., 7 p.m. $25. Salter Family Theater, Beverly Hills High School, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 505-7999. vths.org.
TUE MARCH 12
“JEWS ON THE CHOCOLATE TRAIL”
Rabbi Deborah Prinz’s new book, “On the Chocolate Trail,” draws on her many years spent unraveling religious connections in the early chocolate trade. Find out how chocolate outed the Jews in Mexico after the Inquisition, why Israelis are meshuga for chocolate and more during this reading and signing with Prinz at the Skirball. Tue. 8 p.m. $10 (general), free (Skirball and Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
WED MARCH 13
The Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Lipstadt directs HDOT.org (Holocaust Denial on Trial) and plays a key role in legal and political cases involving Holocaust denial — most famously in a suit brought against her by Holocaust denier David Irving for alleged libel. Tonight, Lipstadt appears at Whittier College to deliver the 2013 Feinberg Lecture. The annual speaker series features major scholars discussing broad historic, religious and political issues encompassed by Judaism and its role in the changing world. Wed. 7 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Whittier College, Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 13406 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier. (562) 907-4219. whittier.edu.
“THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE FOR CALIFORNIA”
Join California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones; Paul Song, board member with Physicians for a National Health Program California; and Molly Tavella, education and outreach coordinator with Physicians for a National Health Program California for a discussion on how the Affordable Care Act will impact consumers, employers and insurance companies. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
It should be no surprise that the versatile actor (“The Big Chill,” “Jurassic Park”) is also an accomplished jazz pianist. Goldblum and his Mildred Snitzer Orchestra — who played Coachella 2011 — appear tonight at the Rockwell in Los Feliz. All ages welcome. Wed. 9 p.m., 11 p.m. Free (general admission), $15 -$20 (VIP seating). Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 661-6163, ext. 20. rockwell-la.inticketing.com.
THU MARCH 14
Set to air on HBO this month, this new biopic reunites Pulitzer-winning writer-director David Mamet and Oscar-winner Al Pacino, who previously collaborated on the film adaptation of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Pacino portrays legendary music producer Spector, who was convicted in 2009 for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The film centers on Spector’s murder trial and co-stars Helen Mirren as defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden. Mamet, a Jewish Journal contributor, participates in a post-screening Q-and-A. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free (reservations required). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. lacma.org/event/phil-spector.
FRI MARCH 15
Hits like “This Love” and “Makes Me Wonder” as well as Adam Levine’s good looks have helped propel Maroon 5 to the top of the Billboard charts. The Grammy-winning L.A. band stops home on its “Overexposed” tour. Neon Trees and Owl City open. Fri. 8 p.m. $29.50-$89.50. Staples Center, 111. S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (800) 745-3000. staplescenter.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Mar. 2-8, 2013
SUN MARCH 3
One-third of the legendary Peter, Paul & Mary, the folk icon and political activist has reinvented himself by authoring children’s books that draw on egalitarian themes. His latest book, “I’m in Love With a Big Blue Frog,” celebrates diversity, following a one-of-a-kind couple that proves unconventionality can be a beautiful thing. Yarrow performs music from the book’s accompanying CD at Barnes & Noble and signs copies of the book this afternoon. Tonight, he performs a concert at Pepperdine University. Barnes & Noble: Sun. 1 p.m. Wristbands required (available after 9 a.m. with purchase of the book). Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com. Pepperdine: Sun. 7 p.m. $20-$40. Pepperdine University, Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. arts.pepperdine.edu.
“GAME, SET, LAUGH: MACCABI USA COMEDY FUNDRAISER”
Stand-up comedians Moshe Kasher, Michael Kosta and Jay Larson perform to raise funds for Team USA ahead of this summer’s 19th World Maccabiah Games. Silent auction and raffle prizes include tickets to “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Chelsea Lately” and “Dancing With the Stars”; gifts donated by Nike; and certificates to Santa Monica restaurants. 21 and older. Sun. 7 p.m. $20 (general admission), $25 (includes two raffle tickets), $45 (includes 10 raffle tickets). Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third St., Santa Monica. (310) 451-0850. westsidecomedy.com.
MON MARCH 4
Rabbi Sid Schwarz, a social entrepreneur in various sectors of American-Jewish life and a consultant to synagogues and Jewish organizations, appears in conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, spiritual leader of egalitarian congregation IKAR. Their discussion highlights ideas expressed in Schwarz’s book, “Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future,” a collection of essays, to which Brous contributed, that sets out four guiding principles that can drive a renaissance in Jewish life, with an emphasis on Millennials who are engaged on the margins of the Jewish community. Jumpstart, IKAR and the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University co-sponsor. Mon. 3-5 p.m. Free (RSVP required). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 424-3670. ikar-la.org.
“INTERROGATING THE INDEX”
Jeffrey Shandler, a professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers University and a senior fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation, discusses how the consideration of form — not just content — allows for an against-the-grain reading of survivor testimony. Exploring issues that impact how Holocaust survivors tell their stories, Shandler examines how the incorporation of live performance and other media shape survivor narratives, the role language choice plays in shaping the interview process and humor’s part in Holocaust remembrance, among other topics. Mon. 6-8 p.m. Free. USC Campus, University Park Campus, Doheny Memorial Library 240, Los Angeles. (213) 740-6001. sfi.usc.edu.
“GUNS: A PANEL DISCUSSION”
Experts weigh in on the debate over gun control during a discussion at Temple Israel of Hollywood. Panelists include Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department; Marc Cooper, contributing editor with The Nation magazine; Gene Hoffman, director and chairman of the Calguns Foundation; and Laurie Saffian, a board member of Women Against Gun Violence. Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” moderates. Mon. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
WED MARCH 6
AMY EPHRON: “TIME, PLACE, (TABLE) SETTINGS”
The renowned novelist, screenwriter and journalist appears at Skirball for a reading and discussion of her critically acclaimed memoir, “Loose Diamonds … and Other Things I’ve Lost (and Found) Along the Way.” Ephron reflects upon the many aspects of a woman’s life — from childhood through young adulthood, marriage, divorce (and remarriage), and everything in between. A Q-and-A and book signing follow. Wed. 8 p.m., $8 (general), $6 (members), $5 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
FRI MARCH 8
JEWLICIOUS FESTIVAL 9
Jewlicious returns to the RMS Queen Mary for a weekend of music, culture and learning for young adults (ages 18-36) of all backgrounds. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach delivers the keynote speech on “Kosher Lust,” and an eclectic mix of bands and DJs perform aboard the art deco cruise ship/hotel. Other highlights include a Q–and-A and discussion with the filmmakers of the documentary “Craigslist Joe”; lectures on topics such as “Jewrotica,” careers in social media, urban animal rights activism and diversity in Israel; yoga classes; a Shabbat dinner and more. Fri., 1 p.m.-Sun., 4 p.m. $50 (full-time student), $85 (young adult, under 36), $149 (festival package, includes four-person hotel room), $169 (festival package, includes two-person hotel room). The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. jconnectla.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Feb. 16-22, 2013
WED FEB 20
“INTERSECTING PATHS: ART AND HEALING”
Twelve artists explore personal spiritual healing in the works on display in this new exhibition. Among them is photographer Bill Aron, known for his poetic images of Jews in America and abroad and whose cancer diagnosis led him to change his direction in photography; Carol Es, who creates paper collages and garment patterns that draw on family dysfunction and her Jewish heritage; and Carol Goldmark, for whom art plays an important role in her ability to live with arthritis. Wed. 5-7 p.m (artists’ reception). Free. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Mercaz Gallery, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 765-2015. jewishwisdomandwellness.org/exhibition.
“SACRED SPACES II”
The aesthetics of a house of worship affect the way its congregation prays. A seminar for clergy, professionals and students as well as all those interested in sacred art, design and architecture, “What Makes Space Sacred?” reflects on the use and meaning of sacred space in churches and synagogues. The afternoon of dialogue includes a presentation by Jeff Greene, president and executive of EverGreene Architectural Arts; a panel discussion on the history and theology of sacred spaces featuring William Dyrness, a theology and culture professor at the Fuller Theological Seminary, and Joshua Holo, associate professor of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and dean of the L.A. campus; and commentary by Richard Mouw, president of the Fuller Theological Seminary, and Jonathan Freund, interim executive director at the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free (RSVP required). First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. (323) 761-8600. jewishla.org.
“FOUR RABBIS, FIVE OPINIONS”
With news about elections, immigration, settlements and economic woes coming out of Israel nonstop and much being written about the widening gulf between American Jews and Israeli Jews, Rabbis Leonard Beerman (Leo Baeck Temple), Laura Geller (Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills), Yosef Kanefsky (B’nai David-Judea) and Adam Kligfeld (Temple Beth Am) wade through the noise and make sense of it all, sharing their thoughts on current events in Israel and 21st century challenges of Israeli-Diaspora relationships. Wed. 8 p.m. Free. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning.
THU FEB 21
“TAKE A BITE OUT OF OVARIAN CANCER”
After losing her 20-year-old daughter, Robin, to ovarian cancer, Paulinda Schimmel Babbini — a 2013 Jewish Journal Mensch honoree — founded the Ovarian Cancer Circle. The nonprofit raises money to fund ovarian cancer research and education by hosting community events, including today’s charitable luncheon at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Woodland Hills. All proceeds will go toward finding a cure. Thu. 11:30-1:30 p.m. $40 (includes raffle ticket). RSVP by Feb. 18. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (323) 842-8100. theovariancancercircle.org/events.
The Los Angeles Jewish Home becomes eclectic. Singer-songwriter Jude, pop-rock world fusion band HYIM, classic r&b duo Vinyl Playlist, rock ’n’ roll collective the Revolving Doors and others perform at Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging’s Young Women’s Division inaugural benefit concert. The event raises funds for residential and community-based programs that support elderly and needy members of the Los Angeles Jewish community. Thu. 7 p.m. $35 (members), $40 (general). The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 479-2168. give.laguardians.org/musicfest.
“FROM MOSCOW WITH LOVE”
Stand-up comedian Noah Gardenswartz, who chronicled his European escapades in the Facebook video series “The Adventures of WanderJew,” shares jokes, observations and personal stories with a dry wit that has made him an up-and-comer on the national scene. The show raises awareness for Entwine, the young adults initiative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). A leading humanitarian assistance organization, JDC works in more than 70 countries to alleviate hunger and hardship. Event also features a photo exhibition showcasing portraits of “Righteous Gentiles” in today’s Belarus. Thu. 7-10 p.m. Free. ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 525-0202. globaljewishcomedytourla.eventbrite.com.
NINA STOREY AND THE WELLSPRING
The intimate venue Hotel Cafe hosts performances by singer-songwriter Nina Storey — a grantee of the SEDER Art Micro-Grant Initiative, which funds projects by emerging Jewish artists — and indie band the Wellspring, led by vocalist Dov Rosenblatt. Storey offers up classic soul-pop on her latest album, “Think Twice,” and the Wellspring mixes folk, rock and country. 21 and older. Thu. 8:30 p.m. (the Wellspring), 9:30 p.m. (Storey). $6 (the Wellspring), $10 (Storey). Hotel Cafe, 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 461-2040. hotelcafe.com.
FRI FEB 22
More than 1 million of the 1.5 million Jewish children living in Nazi-run territories were dead by the war’s end. Playwright, actress and CSUN lecturer Stephanie Satie focuses on child survivors to offer an uplifting take on the children of the Shoah in her new show, “Silent Witnesses.” The one-woman play draws on interviews and conversations with child survivors who are silent witnesses no longer. A reception follows. Fri. 8 p.m. $15. The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-2324. brownpapertickets.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Dec. 15-21, 2012
SAT DEC 15
“Voices and Visions”
Connecting Jewish thought, art and people, this exhibition at the Skirball features artworks that pair contemporary Jewish artists with past and present Jewish thinkers, including Hillel, Maimonides and Susan Sontag. The project aims to inspire reflection, conversation and a deeper connection to Jewish values, as renowned artists and designers Milton Glaser, Arnold Schwartzman, Carin Goldberg and others interpret and graphically transform the words of Jewish luminaries into striking images. Through March 17. Sat. $10 (general), $7 (seniors, full-time students), $5 (children 2-12). Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
SUN DEC 16
Celebrate Yiddish culture in Argentina with an afternoon of film, song, dance and food. The festivities include music by the Modern Yiddish Tango Trio and clarinetist Gustavo Bulgach, a tango demonstration by Karen Goodman, Chanukah empanadas and Argentine wine. Miri Koral, CEO at the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language (CIYCL), introduces “Sowing Wheat — Reaping Doctors,” a multimedia presentation. The event kicks off the CIYCL’s 2012-2013 series on contemporary Yiddish culture. Sun. 4 p.m. $12 (general), $10 (CIYCL and Santa Monica Synagogue members), $5 (students). Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St., Santa Monica. (310) 745-1190. yiddishinstitute.org.
Chanukah Music Festival
The City of West Hollywood hosts a Chanukah Music Festival at Plummer Park featuring Kol Sephardic Choir and Flamenco Dancers. Including singers from Los Angeles and Orange counties, Kol Sephardic Choir will perform a repertoire consisting of Sephardic Romanceros sung in Ladino and liturgical/religious songs in Hebrew with Sephardic melodies. Sun. 4-5:30 p.m. Free (guests will receive a CD with $20 donation). Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 557-1096. kolsephardicchoir.com.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, television and radio host and author of the international best-seller “Kosher Sex,” opines on one of his favorite topics: relationships. Appearing at the West Coast Torah Center, he examines the importance of building marriage on covetousness, rather than romance. Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, director of Jewlicious Festivals, moderates. Sun. 7 p.m. $10. West Coast Torah Center, 322 N. Foothill Road, Beverly Hills. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com.
TUE DEC 18
“The Rabbi’s Cat”
Set in 1930s Algiers, this animated adaptation of the beloved series by French comic-book artist Joann Sfar tells the story of a widowed rabbi, his beautiful daughter and a cat that swallows the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. Philosophical, skeptical and lustful, the cat insists he wants a bar mitzvah and, joined by the rabbi, embarks on a journey in search of Jerusalem. Sfar co-directs. French animated feature “The Painting” as well as short films “Dripped” and “Tram” also screen. Sun. 8 p.m. $13 (general), $11 (students). Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-1528. americancinemathequecalendar.com.
THU DEC 20
OU West Coast Torah Convention
The Orthodox Union’s (OU) West Coast 22nd annual Torah Convention explores “The Quest for Spirituality.” Tonight, Rabbi Jacob Schacter of Yeshiva University delivers the keynote address, “The Quest for Spirituality — Timeless Challenge: Contemporary Solutions,” followed by a panel discussion featuring Rabbi Meyer May, executive director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and David Suissa, president of TRIBE Media Corp/Jewish Journal. Other events include scholars-in-residence at OU-member synagogues on Shabbat morning, a Shabbat luncheon at Pat’s, and the Dr. Beth Samuels Memorial Lectures on Sunday, featuring Rebbetzin Yael Weil and Rebbetzin Aviva Tessler. Thu. Through Dec. 23. Various times and locations. ou.org/synagogue_services/westcoast.
FRI DEC 21
“The Guilt Trip”
An inventor (Seth Rogen) hits the road with his mother (Barbra Streisand) on a quest to sell his latest invention. “The Guilt Trip” is based on a real trip screenwriter Dan Fogelman took with his mother. Co-stars include Adam Scott, Colin Hanks and Brett Cullen. Fri. Various times, prices and locations. guilttripmovie.com.
Blending nice Jewish boy Jeff Klein’s upbringing with his inclination for bruised rock anthems, Austin, Texas-based quintet My Jerusalem recently released its sophomore album, “Preachers,” which songwriter Klein describes as “post-modern Southern gothic soul.” Appearing at Hollywood venue the Fonda Theatre, My Jerusalem opens tonight for L.A. punk rockers X during the famed group’s “X-mas 2012.” Fri. 9 p.m. $32. Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 464-6269. fondatheatre.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 27–Nov 2, 2012
SAT OCT 27
“Seeds of Resiliency”
Documentarian Susan Polis Schutz’s new film introduces us to 12 diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having hope and helping others, including a Holocaust survivor who believes that “the worst can bring out the best in us,” a man who escaped war-torn Uganda and now assists other refugees, and a Korean professor who became a quadriplegic but does not consider himself unfortunate. Sat. Various times. $5. Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
SUN OCT 28
An art exhibition and panel discussion marks the completion of “Midrashic Mirrors: Creating Holiness in Imagery and Intimacy,” a book project developed by a group of female artists and writers at Temple Israel of Hollywood, which illustrates how the creative process animates the nexus between Torah and our personal lives. A wine, cheese and dessert reception kicks off the festivities, followed by a walk-through of the installation. Afterward, Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh facilitates a discussion with the project’s authors and artists. The event concludes with a first-edition book signing and sale, with proceeds benefiting Temple Israel’s education scholarships. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
Are you confused about the propositions? Temple Kol Tikvah holds a nonpartisan forum for California voters to learn about of the issues on the Nov. 6 ballot. Speakers present the pro and con positions on all 11 of the state propositions, which include tax initiatives to fund schools, labeling of genetically modified food, three-strikes reform, an end to the death penalty and increased penalties for human trafficking. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.
Former Soviet refusenik Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, who at the age of 22 attempted to hijack a plane to the West to raise awareness about the desperate plight of Soviet Jews, discusses and signs the newly released English translation of his memoir, “Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival.” Sun. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. museumoftolerance.com/unbrokenspirit.
MON OCT 29
“Jewish Values and the 2012 Ballot”
IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous and Rabbi Ronit Tsadok, American Jewish University’s Rabbi Aryeh Cohen and leaders of social justice organization Bend the Arc discuss the November ballot initiatives through a Jewish lens, addressing what Jewish tradition says about the death penalty, criminal justice and income equality. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870, (323) 761-8350. ikar-la.org, bendthearc.us/events.
TUE OCT 30
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Schubert’s Symphony No. 3, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony
No. 1. Pianist Yuja Wang also appears. Tue. 8 p.m. $47-$156. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
THU NOV 1
“Rita in Concert: A Celebration of My Roots”
Israel’s diva reconnects with her Iranian roots and brings a world-music experience to UCLA as part of her U.S. tour. Rita performs selections from her latest album, “My Joys,” which features contemporary renditions of classic Iranian songs, blending Tel Aviv-inspired club music, pop and gypsy sounds with Farsi lyrics. Sponsored by the Iranian American Jewish Federation. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $35-$200. UCLA campus, Royce Hall, 240 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. cap.ucla.edu
Pete Wilson and Gray Davis
Former Govs. Wilson and Davis discuss Propositions 30 and 38, initiatives on the November election ballots that promise to raise additional money for K-12 education and community colleges. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles and Journal columnist, moderates. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. wisela.org.
FRI NOV 2
2012 Kindertransport Association Conference
The Kindertransport Association, a nonprofit that unites children Holocaust refugees of the Kindertransport rescue movement with their descendants, hosts “Generation to Generation: Honoring the Legacy, Transforming the Future,” a three-day biennial international gathering. Workshops and speakers explore the legacy of the Kindertransports, a rescue movement that took place on the eve of World War II and saved nearly 10,000 German, Austrian and Czech children. Fri. 7 p.m. Through Nov. 4. $330 (Kindertransport Association members), $370 (general). Includes two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, programs and complimentary shuttle from John Wayne International Airport. Hotel registration: $99 per night (single or double occupancy). Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Van Karman Ave., Irvine. (516) 938-6084. kindertransport.org.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 20-26, 2012
SAT OCT 20
“Six Million and One”
When Israeli documentary filmmaker David Fisher discovers the memoir of his late father, a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria, Fisher decides to retrace his father’s footsteps. Realizing it’s unbearable to be alone in the wake of his father’s survival story, David convinces his sister and two of his brothers to join him on what becomes an eloquent, intense and surprisingly humorous quest to uncover their father’s past, a journey filled with joking, kibitzing and quarreling between siblings seeking meaning in their personal and family history. Sat. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 12, seniors). Laemmle’s Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
SUN OCT 21
The Jewish County Fair
Join musicians, artists, nature lovers and families for this annual celebration of the fall harvest. Set on 220 wooded acres in Malibu, this day of food, fun and unity offers a Jewish twist on the county fair, featuring food trucks with glatt kosher options, carnival games, wine tasting, live music, nature hikes, children’s activities and more. Co-produced by Craig ’N Co. and Shalom Institute as part of the Big Jewish Tent initiative, which aims to build bridges through community events. Sun. Noon-5 p.m. $6 (online), $10 (door), free (children, 3 and under). Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. bigjewishtent.com.
“Challenges and Choices in the Jewish Media Today”
Presented by the University of Southern California’s Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, the 32nd annual Jerome Nemer Lecture examines the role of Jewish media, which serves a community that is more prosperous and powerful than ever before but is also struggling to maintain its Jewishness. Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of the Forward and the first woman to hold the position at the influential Jewish newsweekly, lectures on this evolution of the Jewish community and the editorial choices it demands. Sarah Benor, associate professor of contemporary Jewish studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, adds commentary and reflection on the topic. Sun. 4:30-7 p.m. Free. USC campus, University Park Campus-Davidson Conference Center, Embassy Room. (213) 740-1744. casdeninstitute.usc.edu.
MON OCT 22
The acclaimed funnyman (“The Simpsons,” “Le Show”) appears in conversation with Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli to discuss his versatile career and the making of his latest album, “Can’t Take a Hint.” Shearer also performs selections from his new release, which features musical sketches that pair him with giants of pop, r&b and jazz while tackling issues of the day, including the foibles of celebrity, the Bridge to Nowhere, the cost of war and weather extremes. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown. (213) 765-6800. grammymuseum.org.
TUES OCT 23
Rami and the Piano
Called Israel’s Elton John and Billy Joel, chart-topping Israeli pop singer Rami Kleinstein performs at American Jewish University as part of his U.S. concert tour. The intimate show will feature a selection of original pieces, including songs about political unrest and love, and covers of American classics. Proceeds benefit educational programs at Keshet Chaim, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating Israeli culture and Judaism throughout the world. Tue. 8 p.m. $50 (advance), $60 (door), $100 (VIP, includes post-concert reception with Kleinstein). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 986-7332. kcdancers.org.
WED OCT 24
“It’s All for the Breast”
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the City of West Hollywood hold an educational community program that provides breast cancer awareness information for women and men. A panel discussion features breast cancer experts, including breast surgeons Drs. Alice Chung and Jerrold Steiner, radiologist Dr. Steve Frankel, plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Betty Kim, and oncologist Dr. Monica Mita. Moderated by Heidi Shink, the City of West Hollywood’s commissioner for human services. Wed. Noon-2 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
THU OCT 25
“Triple Art Opening”
A reception at the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel celebrates the opening of three art exhibitions, and a musical tribute in memory of late reporter and musician Daniel Pearl takes place as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Presented in conjunction with the Fowler Museum at UCLA’s “Light and Shadows” exhibition, “What Remains: The Iranian Jewish Experience” includes sculptures, photography and a video installation; “Where the Past Meets the Future” features an installation of 140 wooden boxes that depict the history of Poland and its Jews; and “Frozen Music” presents Gil Garcetti’s black-and-white photographic study of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Thu. 7-9 p.m. (opening reception). Through Dec. 14. Free. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 203-3081, ext. 108. ucla.hillel.org.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 13-19, 2012
SUN OCT 14
11th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days
Dedicated to the life and memory of journalist Daniel Pearl, this October music month features concerts across the globe, including today’s performance of “Songs of Salomone Rossi: Harmony for Humanity” by Tesserae at Contrapuntal Recital Hall in Brentwood. Other concerts include Ray Dewey (Oct. 16); Chabad-hosted Hakafot (Oct. 20); the Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble (Oct. 21); the Kadima String Quartet (Oct. 24 & 28); the UCLA Philharmonia (Oct. 25); the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Choir (Oct. 26); Cantor Ruti Braier, the Orange County Wind Ensemble and conductor William Nicholls (Oct. 26); the Harmony Project and the West Los Angeles Branch of the Music Student Services League (Oct. 28); Yuval Ron, Russell Steinberg, Mitchell Newman and Hazzan Mike Stein (Oct. 29); and Conductor Noreen Green of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Cantor Magda Fishman and Cantor Marcus Feldman (Oct. 30). Through Oct. 31. For information about other Daniel Pearl World Music Days performances, visit danielpearlmusicdays.org.
30 Years After Civic Action Conference
The Iranian-American Jewish group’s third biennial conference explores the imperative of civic participation and community leadership from the Iranian-American Jewish community. Speakers include Ambassador Dennis Ross, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Consul General of Israel David Siegel and former U.N. Ambassador Mark Wallace, the current CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran. The daylong conference will include a mayoral candidates forum; an organizational fair; and sessions on the future of the Middle East, Jewish life in Los Angeles, Israel and Iran, activism, political action and philanthropy. Sun. 9:30 a.m. (opening plenary), 7 p.m. (keynote gala dinner). $150 (includes glatt kosher breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception, community organization fair and gala dinner). Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., downtown. 30yearsafter.org.
TUE OCT 16
“Battle for Our Minds”
Michael Widlanski, a specialist in Arab politics and communication, appears in person to discuss his new book, “Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat,” and why America and the Jewish people remain prime targets of terrorists. A book signing follows. Tue. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. museumoftolerance.com.
WED OCT 17
“Deeply Rooted” and “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora”
An artists’ reception celebrates two exhibitions opening at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. “Deeply Rooted” explores the connection between the two primordial trees in the Garden of Eden while “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora” highlights the once-vibrant but rapidly fading world of Jewish shopkeepers. Wed. 5-7 p.m. (reception). Through Dec. 14 (“Deeply Rooted”). Through May 31 (“Photographic Visions”). Free. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 765-2106. huc.edu.
Mayoral Candidates Forum
Los Angeles mayoral candidates Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Council member Jan Perry and L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel discuss their positions on issues facing Los Angeles and participate in a Q-and-A with the audience. A meet-and-greet reception featuring local representatives within the public and private sectors precedes the candidates’ forum. Light refreshments served. Organized by Temple Isaiah’s Isaiah Continuing Enrichment program. Wed. 6-7 p.m. (meet and greet), 7:30-9 p.m. (mayoral candidates forum). Free. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com.
THU OCT 18
“The Other Son”
French-Jewish writer-director Lorraine Le-
vy’s family drama follows two young men — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10. Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (213) 368-1661. lajfilmfest.org.
FRI OCT 19
“Simon and the Oaks”
Swedish director Lisa Ohlin’s epic drama portrays the situation of Jews in Sweden during World War II. Spanning the years 1939 to 1952, the film follows Simon, an intellectually gifted boy from a working-class family in Gothenburg who attends an upper-class grammar school. Soon he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. When Simon’s family takes in Isak, the boys’ households merge and connect in unexpected ways. Fri. Various times. $13 (general), $10 (matinees, seniors, children). Landmark Theatres, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-6291. landmarktheatres.com.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 6-12, 2012
[SUN OCT 7]
Gloria Steinem: “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Votes”
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem discusses reproductive rights and their importance in the upcoming presidential election. While this free event is open to the public, seating is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun. 7 p.m. Free. UCLA campus, Broad Art Center, Room 2160E, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4601. history.ucla.edu/events/gloria-steinem-lecture.
“Proposition 30: What’s Really at Stake”
Jewish perspectives, policy analyses and personal testimony highlight a discussion about what Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act, means for schools, health care and other public services. Organized by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and co-sponsored by Workmen’s Circle. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8350.
“The Sota Project”
Israeli artist Ofri Cnaani creates an immersive, multilayered video installation that re-enacts “Sota,” a controversial story from the Talmud of two sisters bound together in symbiotic loyalty that unfolds in time and three-dimensional space. Cnaani appears today in a panel discussion, “The Sota Project: Women in ConTEXT,” joined by talmudist Dvora Weisberg, director of the school of rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Megan Hibler Reid, assistant professor of religion, gender studies and law at USC; and contemporary art critic James Trainor. The speakers discuss contemporary Israeli art and culture as well as its increasing importance to the art world. Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, moderates. Sun. 2-3:30 p.m. (panel discussion, reception follows). Through Dec. 1. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), noon-4 p.m. (Saturday). Free. USC Fisher Museum of Art, 823 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 740-4561. fisher.usc.edu.
[WED OCT 10]
Jeff Goldblum stars in Theresa Rebeck’s (“Omnium Gatherum”) comic play. Leonard, an embittered and former literary star, leads a creative writing workshop out of an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. As he bullies and abuses his students — four young aspiring novelists — a world of sex, fear, competition and power struggle comes alive, as do the layers of Leonard’s painful past. Sun. Through Nov. 18. Various showtimes (2, 6:30 and 8 p.m.). $30-$110. Ahmanson Theater, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772 or (213) 972-4400. centertheatregroup.org.
[THU OCT 11]
“The Invisible War”
The U.S. Department of Defense estimates that there were 19,000 violent sex crimes in the U.S. military in 2010. Filmmaker Kirby Dick (“This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” “Twist of Faith”) uncovers this epidemic of sexual violence against women in the U.S. military, interviewing victims and examining their uphill fight as they seek justice within the military legal system. A Q-and-A with the film’s producer, Amy Ziering, follows the screening. Thu. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
Following the death of his grandmother, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger finds copies of Der Angriff, a Nazi propaganda newspaper, as he clears out her Tel Aviv apartment. Flipping through its pages, Goldfinger discovers that his grandparents had accompanied a high-ranking Nazi official, Leopold von Mildenstein, on a prewar trip to Palestine. Winner of the Israeli Oscar for best documentary, Goldfinger’s 2011 film plays like a suspense thriller as he seeks the truth about his grandparents and the man who was Adolf Eichmann’s predecessor. A Q-and-A with Goldfinger follows the screening. Thu. 7 p.m. $10 (Museum of Tolerance members, students, seniors), $12 (general). Advance ticket purchase recommended. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2505.
“Real Housewives of the Bible: Eve/Lilith”
Eve is considered the first “housewife” of the Bible. But was she? According to Jewish folklore, Adam had a starter marriage with Lilith. Tonight’s discussion, led by IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous, kicks off American Jewish University’s second series looking at the Bible’s desperate housewives, including Dinah and Tamar. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $25 (individual class), $100 (series, nine classes). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. ajula.edu.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 1-7, 2012
SAT | SEPT 1
A folksy singer-songwriter (and rabbi of congregation Beth Shir Shalom), Daniels appears live at the Skirball to perform children’s music that carries a universal message. Come dance and sing along in Skirball’s scenic outdoor amphitheater. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Sat. Performances at noon and 2 p.m. Free (included with museum admission). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
SUN | SEPT 2
“THE BIG PICTURE: PARAMOUNT’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY”
Television icon Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) hosts tonight’s nostalgic celebration at the Hollywood Bowl, which honors Hollywood’s oldest major studio. Led by conductor and acclaimed film composer David Newman (“Anastasia,” “Ice Age”), the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performs scores from Paramount’s rich history, including “Wings,” the first Academy Award winner for best picture, “The Godfather” trilogy, “Titanic,” action-thriller “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and many others. Special guests include Emmy-winning television composer Michael Giacchino (“Lost”); film composer and Grammy-winning musician Lalo Schifrin and Oscar-nominated film composer Alan Silvestri (“Forrest Gump”). Sun. 7:30 p.m. $11-$160. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
SUMMER SOIREE CARNIVAL
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb performs during Adat Ari El Early Childhood Center’s end-of-summer carnival. Set on the CBS lot that was home to shows such as “Seinfeld” and “Gilligan’s Island,” this daylong family event includes rides, entertainment, pop-up retail shops (SOTO, Little Rockstar Salon, Tough Cookies) and food trucks (Canter’s Deli, the All American Softy Truck and more). Proceeds benefit the Adat Ari El Early Childhood Center. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $36 (adults), $18 (children), free (children under 1). CBS Radford Lot, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. (818) 766-9426. adatariel.org.
Discuss the ideas behind artis Rothko’s large-scale pictures and the techniques used to apply various colors that appear to float on the canvas. Then paint a picture with a guest artist, using Rothko’s techniques and your own. This participatory hands-on workshop, part of MOCA’s Sunday Studio, has been designed in collaboration with Center Theatre Group’s “Red,” a play that spotlights the legendary artist Rothko before his death in 1970. Sun. 1 p.m. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 621-1745. moca.org.
WED | SEPT 5
Produced by Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish residential rehab facility in Culver City, this Passover-themed musical features alumni and residents of Beit T’Shuvah who use the Passover story as a lens through which to view their own journeys. The staging juxtaposes a 12-step meeting with a family seder. The music, a mash-up of original theater tunes, Jewish liturgy and forceful pop, with interludes of rap, plays as a constant underscore for dialogue that weaves itself into the music. Wed. 7 p.m. $50. Skirball Cultural Center, Magnin Auditorium, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. beittshuvah.org.
FRI | SEPT 7
“RESISTING THE PATH TO GENOCIDE”
This USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education holds a two-day workshop that examines what enables people to resist racist ideologies, state discrimination practices or active participation in mass atrocities. Fri. Through Sept. 8. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Saturday). Free. Friday: University of Southern California, University Park Campus, 850 W. 37th St., Los Angeles. Saturday: Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades. (213) 740-6001. dornsife.usc.edu/vhi.
“BLINKY AND ME”
The life of Australian animator Yoram Gross — from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Poland to Australia, where he created the popular animated series “Blinky Bill” — comes to life in director Tomasz Magierski’s documentary. At 85, Gross continues to create with youthful enthusiasm. The film follows Gross as he journeys back to Poland, accompanied by his teenage grandchildren, to revisit his past. Magierski participates in a Q-and-A after the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. screenings on Sept. 7-10. Fri. Various times. Laemmle’s Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
“NATALIE PORTMAN: THE MUSICAL”
A celebrity narrator guides us through the life of Natalie Portman — and what may or may not have happened — stopping along the way at all her major movies (“Black Swan,” “Garden State,” “Star Wars”) and life events in this sketch comedy musical. Fri. Through Sept. 30. 8 p.m. $18. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 510-2688. chromolume-theatre.com/natport.html.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Aug. 25-31, 2012
SUN | AUG 26
The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony celebrates its 18th, or Chai, anniversary at the Ford Amphitheatre. The event features the orchestral ensemble performing fiery Spanish sonorities, dark laments, riotous folk and much more. The Aug. 26 concert marks the U.S. premier of “Klezmopolitan Suite” by Niki Reiser, a former member of the klezmer group Kol Simcha, and selections favored by the symphony’s founder and conductor, Noreen Green, spotlighting concertmaster Mark Kashper, cellist Barry Gold and clarinetist Zinovy Goro. Special performers include Sam Glaser accompanied by the newly formed Jewish Community Children’s Choir. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $25-$36 (general), $12 (full-time students, children 12 and under). Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org or lajewishsymphony.com.
“JEWISH ART IN ELUL AND THE NEW YEAR”
The lead-up to the High Holy Days has inspired this exhibition featuring work incorporating found art, calligraphy, micrography, expressionism and more. Participating artists include Rae Antonoff, Aharon Aba Ben Avraham, Barbara Mendes, Freda Nessim, Yoram Partush, Sarah Devora Podolski and Rae Shagalov. Light refreshments, kosher wine and a chance to meet the artists highlight today’s opening reception. Through Oct. 12. Sun. Opening reception: 3-7 p.m. Gallery hours: Noon-7 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday). Free. Barbara Mendes Gallery, 2701 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 558-3215. barbaramendes.org.
“ROXY ROTHAFEL: AMERICAN SHOWMAN”
Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel — film exhibitor, radio broadcaster, theater manager and war propagandist — helped movies become the dominant form of mass entertainment between 1908 and 1935. UCSB film and media studies professor Ross Melnick, author of “American Showman: Samuel ‘Roxy’ Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry,” discusses Rothafel’s multifaceted career and his contributions to American popular culture. A book signing and a film screening follow. Sun. 3 p.m. $11 (general), $9 (seniors, students), $7 (American Cinematheque members). Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 461-2020. americancinemathequecalendar.com.
TUE | AUG 28
“JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY”
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and The Jewish Journal present this exclusive sneak preview of writer-director Henry Jaglom’s family drama. Actress Pandora Isaacs (Tanna Frederick), stinging from a romantic breakup, retreats to the safety of her stage-actor parents’ country house, where her non-theatrical sister (Julie Davis) and her sister’s non-Jewish fiancé (Judd Nelson) are also arriving for the family’s yearly Passover seder. Journal Arts & Entertainment Editor Naomi Pfefferman moderates a post-screening Q-and-A with Jaglom, Frederick and Nelson. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $11. Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 368-1661 or 800-838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.
“FAMILIES AND CYBERBULLYING: UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING CYBERBULLYING”
A 90-minute training for adult family members and middle school and high school youth examines how to empower students and families to respond to cyberbullying and how to foster a culture of e-safety and moral action on issues related to online social cruelty. Adults and youth participate separately but reconvene for a community closing. Part of the BJE, Anti-Defamation League and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California campaign, “Click Responsibly: A Jewish Response to Cyberbulling,” an effort to increase awareness of positive online behavior. Tue. 7-9 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 446-4233. clickresponsibly.org.
THU | AUG 30
KOL SEPHARDIC CHOIR
Known for Ladino and Sephardic liturgical music in Hebrew with Sephardic melodies, the Southern California musical ensemble performs an “Evening of Sephardic Music” alongside flamenco dancers. Thu. 6:45 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Public Library’s Robertson Branch, 1719 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 557-1096. lapl.org.
FRI | AUG 31
“LIFE IS STRANGE”
Highlighting Yiddish culture and portraying a universal experience of carefree childhood, director Isaac Hertz’s documentary evokes the vibrant life of Jewish families in pre-war Europe through the childhood memories of Holocaust survivors. Started as an attempt by two friends to trace a family history, the project grew to a feature-length story of 25 people around the world and includes interviews with Shimon Peres, president of the State of Israel; Walter Kohn, Nobel laureate in chemistry; Robert Aumann, Nobel laureate in economics; and children’s book author Uri Orlev. 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.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 7-13, 2012
SUN | JULY 8
L.A. performance artist and avant-garde clown April Hava Shenkman channels the comedy queens of Hollywood’s golden age for advice and wisdom. Follow Shenkman’s pursuit of happiness in this one-woman, cabaret-style performance. Sun. Through July 29. 9-10 p.m. $10. Atwater Crossing, The Platform at ATX Kitchen, 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 284-8265. atwatercrossing.com.
MON | JULY 9
“AN EVENING WITH MAYIM BIALIK”
She’s a neuroscientist in real life and plays one on TV. The “Big Bang Theory” actress appears in conversation tonight with Huffington Post senior science writer Cara Santa Maria to discuss acting, the frontiers of brain research and the role of women in science. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown. zocalopublicsquare.org.
TUE | JULY 10
The seven-time Grammy winner opens the Tuesday Classics series at the Hollywood Bowl with a performance of Beethoven’s masterpiece “Symphony No. 9,” featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Gordon Gietz and bass-baritone Christian van Horn. A collaboration with the Getty Center features imagery by video artist Hermon Kolgen inspired by Gustav Klimt’s “Beethoven Frieze,” which will accompany the epic “Ode to Joy” finale. The evening includes contemporary works by composers Anna Clyne (“Rewind”), Anne LeBaron (“American Icons”) and Cindy McTee (“Tempus Fugit”). Tue. 8 p.m. $1-$133. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
WED | JULY 11
LEGENDARY BINGO BASH 2012
Join host Bingo-boy and a fabulous drag queen hostess tonight for Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, which benefits National Council of Jewish Women’s Women Helping Children. A full menu and bar provide fuel, and admission includes 10 regular and two grand-prize bingo game cards. Wed. 7-8:30 p.m. $20 (door, cash only). Hamburger Mary’s, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. RSVP, (323) 654-8275. ncjwla.org.
THU | JULY 12
BEIT T’SHUVAH CHARITY DESIGN PROJECT
Sleek and stylish renovations at Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center, include newly tiled floors, window treatments and refurbished vintage furniture, among the improvements to its 40-plus bedrooms. Today’s grand reveal and open house invites the community to celebrate the efforts of Designed From the Heart’s founding chair Heidi Bendetson, vice chair Rhonda Snyder and 70 volunteer designers, who donated time, services and money to remodel the recovery center — an extreme makeover that benefits the temporary home for 80 men and women. Hors d’oeuvres served. Thu. 6-9 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-6200. beittshuvah.org.
FRI | JULY 13
“LOST IN JOSHUA TREE”
In 2010, poet and real estate broker Ed Rosenthal took off on a two-hour hike in the Mojave Desert, lost his way and spent six days without food and water before being rescued. During tonight’s presentation, Rosenthal uses mixed media to recount his life-changing experience and Cindy Bousquet Harris reads from her collection of poems inspired by Rosenthal’s near-tragedy. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. beyondbaroque.org.
“STEPHEN SONDHEIM: IN CONVERSATION”
A masterful composer-lyricist, Sondheim appears in person and shares anecdotes about his life and career with Michael A. Kerker, musical theater director for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Broadway stars Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform some of Sondheim’s most beloved songs. Fri. 8 p.m. $35-$99. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org.
“INTO THE NIGHT: PLAYTIME”
Stay up late with the Skirball to celebrate music and games. Performances include indie folk band Sea Wolf, San Francisco’s synth-rock trio Geographer and KCRW’s DJ Anthony Valadez. Enjoy a museum-wide scavenger hunt, crafts with Julianna Parr of CraftNight at Akbar, balloon art, puppets, board games, experimental video games from UCLA’s Game Lab and a screening of French filmmaker Jacques Tati’s comedic masterwork “Play Time.” A cash bar features signature specialty cocktails. 21 and over. Fri. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2011
SAT | OCT 29
A jury’s blind selection of an American Muslim architect to create a Ground Zero memorial causes an uproar among politicians, journalists, activists and others in “The Submission,” the debut novel by Waldman, a former New York Times reporter and bureau chief. Waldman, whose fiction has appeared in The Atlantic and the Boston Review, discusses and sign copies of her critically acclaimed book. Sat. 5 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.
SUN | OCT 30
SOCAL JEWISH WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
Actress Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) delivers the opening keynote during this daylong event, dedicated to strengthening the power of multigenerational Jewish women in Southern California. Workshops include “The Jewish Mandate for Social Action,” featuring a discussion on tikkun olam moderated by Rabbi Denise Eger, “Speaking Up: A Discussion of Issues Facing Women in Israel Today,” “Protecting Women’s Rights: Practices, Politics and Policies” and “The ABCs of Health Care: Access, Benefits and Costs.” Wrapping up the conference, a panel discussion on “Jewish Women Founders,” moderated by Jewish Journal Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim, features Jewish World Watch co-founder Janice Kamenir-Reznik, IKAR Executive Director Melissa Balaban and Reboot co-founder Rachel Levin. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Presented by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, Hadassah Southern California and Na’Amat USA/Western Area. Sun. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $36 (general), $18 (students). NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (855) 592-7218. jwcsc.org.
Bring the entire family for a live concert with the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. Loeb performs songs from her forthcoming kids’ book and accompanying album, “Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs.” Suitable for all ages. Sun. 2-3 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
THU | NOV 3
ACROSS THE SPECTRUM
Vista Del Mar hosts its third annual Autism Conference for Professionals and Families. Featured speakers include Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin’s mother, discussing “Autism in the Family: Who Is Your Child and Who Are You?”; Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning Co-Director Ricki Robinson on “Living a Full and Meaningful Life”; and Sue Rubin, a facilitated communication consultant, presenting “Challenges and How to Address Them.” Attendees participate in one of three breakout sessions: “Maximizing the Potential of Limited Communicators,” “Options for Independent Living” or “Meditation to Medication — Strategies for Relieving Anxiety.” The Vista Inspire Program Miracle Theatre Kids perform, and an “Ask the Artists” panel discussion follows. Lunch provided. Thu. 8 a.m. (registration), 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (conference). $100 (professionals), $85 (general), $50 (students and seniors). Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 836-1223, ext. 225. vistadelmar.org/conference.
“JEWISH CULTURE WITHOUT JEWS?”
UCLA theater professor Shelley Salamensky explores the Disney-like phenomenon of non-Jews re-enacting the Jewish way of life in areas where Jewish communities once thrived, including East Central Europe, Eurasia and Spain. These re-enactments say little about the Jewish history in these places, but they provide insight into the conflicts and desires of the host cultures, Salamensky argues. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA International Institute. Thu. Noon. Free. UCLA campus, 10383 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4811. international.ucla.edu.
FRI | NOV 4
The French Israeli singer-songwriter, best known for her hit single “New Soul,” performs pop-folk tunes from her latest album, “She Was a Boy,” with her collaborator, percussionist David Donatien, during two live shows at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles’ Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz. Fri., Sat. 7:30 p.m. $35 (adults), $25 (students). Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 286-0553. theatreraymondkabbaz.com.
Playwright and director Laurel Ollstein’s darkly comic tale follows comic strip artist Maddie Sternberg as she sets out to prove that her life is great — one year after her father’s suicide. When Maddie falls for a hot messenger and her grandmother shows up uninvited, her comic strip character can’t take it anymore and starts giving her relationship advice. Fri. Through Dec. 17. 8 p.m. $15 (tonight’s preview performance) $20 (all other performances). Studio Stage Theatre, 520 N. Western, Los Angeles. (323) 960-7792. esthersmoustache.com.
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for June 28 – July 4
SAT | JUNE 28
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Eager to flex its social and philanthropic muscle, Magbit Young Leadership is combining comedy and altruism during the group’s annual fundraiser, Jokefest 2008. Maz Jobrani, from the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour,” tops the bill in a show that aims to get young professionals supporting Magbit’s interest-free college loan program, available to students studying in Israel. In the past, Magbit’s party planning has not disappointed — expect long buffet tables stocked with kosher Persian food, open bars and lots of guests in their 20s and 30s dancing the night away. Sat. 9 p.m. $80-$100. 627 S. Carondelete St., Los Angeles. (310) 273-2233. http://www.youngmagbit.org.
Pop culture scholar Eddy Portnoy will show-and-tell the long and turbulent history of Jews in cartoons. Once the breeding ground for anti-Semitic propaganda, comics began appearing in the Yiddish press in the late 19th century and represented new images of Jewish culture. Attempting to expose the hypocrisy and wrongdoing in Jewish civil society, Yiddish cartoonists used the medium to challenge Jewish paradigms, often using religious references, texts or custom to contrast intention with reality. With a colorful slide show and historic context, “Comic Strip Jews: Cartoons From the Yiddish Press” will examine the Jewish presence in this timeless and beloved medium. Sat. 8 p.m. $5 (suggested donation). The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 389-8880. “>newcomers häaut;MAKOR, an energetic Israeli band that mixes rock, electronica and trance with an earthy Jewish message. Sat. 10:30 p.m. $15. The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 954-9400.
Itching for a change in scenery, but don’t have the time or money to travel across the country? Temple Beth Haverim’s Cantor Kenny Ellis has the perfect solution for you with a Catskills-style weekend of entertainment. Ellis, who is also Congregation Am HaYam’s scholar-in-residence, is bringing Borsht Belt flavor to Ventura County. Ellis will serenade, entertain and share insights using his powerful voice, piano skills and booming personality during a dessert social and “KCAH: Jewish Radio” breakfast, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County. Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 9:30 a.m. $18 (suggested donation). Congregation Am HaYam, 4839 Market St., Unit C, Ventura. R.S.V.P required; call (805) 644-2899 or e-mail email@example.com.
West Hollywood will have to take a break from the matrimonial frenzy to pull off its ambitious first Sunset Strip Music Festival, with live performances at famed venues such as the Roxy, Whisky a Go Go, House of Blues and the Viper Room. Besides being a historical mecca of gay pride, WeHo is also a storied musical neighborhood, and this three-day event, which starts Thu., June 26, will pay tribute to the city’s past and present with concerts by Everclear, Soul Asylum, B Real of Cypress Hill featuring Slash, Lisa D’Amato and others. One of tonight’s special events is free and open to all ages. Not only does it feature acoustic performances by Camp Freddie and Louis XIV, but gamers can challenge rock stars to “Guitar Hero” or other interactive games, 1-9 p.m. at 8755 Sunset Blvd., the former Tower Records parking lot. Rock on WeHo! Thu.-Sat. Free-$27.50. (323) 848-6431. For tickets, acts, locations and times visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commencing with the climactic scene and working backward, the revival of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play “Betrayal” focuses on Robert and his best friend Jerry, who is also the lover of Robert’s wife Emma. But who is betraying whom in this adulterous triangle? Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Through Aug. 3. $25. New Place Studio Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove St., North Hollywood. (866) 811-4111.
Celebrating Israel’s 60th, Skirball Style
There are many ways to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary, and the Skirball Cultural Center is leading with its strength by offering a series of wide-ranging programs of art shows, music, film and lectures.
Two current shows pay tribute to the nation’s distaff side: “Ziva Sivan: Painting Is Her Home” and “Israeli Women: A Portrait in Photographs.”
The Sivan exhibition marks the first public showing of her paintings, drawings and sculptures in the United States, but she is relatively unknown even in her native country, though she was born in Jerusalem, rarely left the city and died there.
By her own choice, Sivan remained a nonpublic figure whose house was her studio. She rarely allowed a showing of her works and discouraged potential buyers.
Judging by the 33 works selected for the current exhibition by curator Barbara C. Gilbert, who also edited the handsome catalogue, Sivan’s expressive, colorful and large-sized paintings on canvas and cardboard varied in style during a 30-year career from naturalism to abstract and back to realistic.
Throughout, Sivan’s predominant subject was the female nude, to the point that her often Rubenesque models became part of her extended family.
Her smaller-sized bronze sculptures are again mostly female, with the exception of a particularly expressive figure of a seated old man.
Sivan lived from 1936 to 2004, during the last decade finding some relief from the pain of a malignant cancer through her art, which complemented, but did not overshadow, her domestic life.
As art historian Dalia Manor quotes Sivan, “I see myself, first and foremost, as a family woman. The home and the family are the most important things to me. The art — which is my more public persona — that’s very important for me spiritually, but still, my first priority is my family.”
In light of these sentiments, it was fitting that at last week’s opening of the exhibit, which closes June 30, Skirball president Uri Herscher introduced, as honored guests, Sivan’s husband, Uzi; son, Ehud, and daughter, Noa.
The companion photo exhibit of Israeli women represents an instant time warp, with tanned kibbutzniks plucking oranges in 1948 and their uniformed sisters somewhat unheroically bringing tea to male officers.
But, as the decades pass, there is also a suitably gowned Miss Israel 2000 and hip young Tel Avivians frolicking at the beach.
In between the two eras are some exceptional portraits by Moshe Milner of immigrant women from Yemen and Algeria, as well as contributions by Hollywood’s own Roman Freulich and from documentary filmmaker Zion Ozeri.
A total of 63 images by 18 photographers make up the display, which runs through Aug. 10.
Other upcoming Israel at 60 events include the multicultural Esta musical ensemble, which will perform May 15, and theater artist Sara Felder, starring in the play “Out of Sight” on May 21 and 23.
For additional information, call (310) 440-4500.
Ziva Sivan, Musicians, 1988.Acrylic on canvas.Photo by Oded Antman
L.A. Gafni Event Canceled
Revelations about sexual misconduct have led to the cancellation of an upcoming local event featuring prominent Rabbi Mordechai Gafni.
Gafni had been scheduled for a public talk at Stephen S. Wise Temple on June 9. Over the past two years, since being appointed to the Wisdom Chair in September 2004, Gafni has returned every few months to the Bel Air shul, where he’s had a loyal following.
Last week, four women in Israel — students and staff members at Tel Aviv’s Bayit Chadash, the Jewish renewal center that Gafni co-founded — filed complaints of sexual misconduct with Israeli police. In a public letter, Gafni, 46, admitted to being “sick” and promised to seek therapy. Leaders of Bayit Chadash immediately dismissed him.
Gafni was appointed to the Wisdom Chair at Stephen S. Wise two years ago — despite anecdotal allegations that he had a history of sexual misconduct. The temple’s senior rabbi this week issued a short statement denouncing Gafni.
“It is with a deep sense of shock and disappointment that I have learned of the sexual misconduct that has led to Rabbi Mordechai Gafni’s dismissal from Bayit Chadash,” senior Rabbi Eli Herscher said in a written statement responding to an inquiry from The Journal. “His actions, including vast deception, are indefensible.”
Herscher declined further comment, but the temple canceled Gafni’s June participation in a public conversation with commentator Dennis Prager.
Before being appointed to the Wisdom Chair, Gafni had been a regular scholar-in-residence at the 3,000-family Reform synagogue since 2002. His lectures and sermons attracted thousands.
Congregant Alan Finkelstein said he remembers Gafni’s 2003 Rosh Hashanah sermon as, “my finest moment in shul. He involved the crowd, He helped you connect with the person next to you. It was one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard.”
Finkelstein said he was moved to go back to hear Gafni on several other occasions.
But Gafni’s popularity was undermined by persistent rumors that he had, in the past, manipulated women into sexual relationships. In October 2004, The Jewish Journal reprinted a Jewish Week article exploring allegations that Gafni had inappropriate sexual contact with students when he was 19.
Attendance reportedly decreased at Gafni’s events following the publication of the article.
At the time, Herscher said he had discussed the rumors with Gafni and, after investigating them on his own, found them baseless. Herscher was in good company defending Gafni, as some of the country’s top Jewish thinkers, of all denominations, called Gafni a remarkable teacher who was the target of a malevolent campaign. Herscher also decried Jewish newspapers for printing lashon harah (malicious gossip).
“Rabbi Gafni coming to teach here makes a deeply important Jewish statement – that if rumors and allegations and innuendo are allowed to destroy someone who only wants to teach, Jewishly, that is tragic,” Herscher said in October 2004.
This week, Hersher’s sympathies lay elsewhere.
“I pray that all who have been misled and hurt by him — first and foremost the women he has harmed — will soon recover,” Herscher wrote.