Calendar: July 29 – August 4
FRI | JULY 29
“OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES”
This comedy show pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. It features comic songs, new and old, while giving a nod to some of the world’s great comedians. “Old Jews Telling Jokes” enjoyed a record-breaking and critically acclaimed off-Broadway run. Suggestive and raunchy at times, the 90-minute show, featuring five actors/singers, has “old Jews” making fun of themselves in a flurry of jokes, songs and comic monologues. For mature audiences only. 7:30 p.m. $39.95-$59.95. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (844) 448-7469. ” target=”_blank”>fordtheatres.org.
SAT | JULY 30
“BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE”
On Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, local police occupied a Pacific Palisades compound where Nazi sympathizers allegedly hoped to make a West Coast headquarters, known today as Murphy Ranch. The abandoned site, currently in a state of disrepair and covered in graffiti, is owned by the city of Los Angeles and has become a popular hiking destination, as well as the inspiration for this new play. Set in 1941 during the weeks leadin g up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and inspired by true events, “Blueprint for Paradise” imagines the relationship between African-American architect Paul Revere Williams (designer of landmark L.A. buildings such as the Los Angeles County Courthouse, as well as private residences for Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra) and a wealthy American couple who employed him to design the compound. By Laurel M. Wetzork. 8 p.m. $25. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-4412. ” target=”_blank”>m.
LAST SABBATH: PASTRONOMY
Come take a culinary tour of some of the best pastrami in Los Angeles. The tour starts in DTLA with picnic sandwiches from Langer’s and Wexler’s (location TBA) from which the group will take the Metro to Dog Haus USC for pastrami dogs. Then the group will head back downtown for cocktails at Clifton’s before finishing with pastrami tacos at Stocking Frame. The event is hosted by some of the top Los Angeles food minds today. There will vegetarian options available. Last Sabbath is a casual, adults-only monthly dinner sponsored by East Side Jews. 1 p.m. $30. Cocktails not included in ticket price. RSVP required. firstname.lastname@example.org. (323) 663-2255. ” target=”_blank”>gilssanctuary.com.
STAND UP! A NIGHT OF COMEDY
Hosted by Michael Schirtzer, this fun night of laughs features headliner Debra DiGiovanni, as well as Dominic Harris, Garrick Bernard, Anna Valenzuela, Keith Carey and Chase Bernstein. 8:30 p.m. $15 online; $20 at the door. Malibu Playhouse, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (323) 960-7711. SUN | JULY 31
“WHATEVER YOUR HEART DESIRES”
Join in this one-night-only fundraiser and see eight-time Emmy Award winner Edward Asner and “Nebraska” star June Squibb in this play by Christine Rosensteel. “Whatever Your Heart Desires” is a humorous story about an elderly couple in Los Angeles who, on the verge of losing their independence, invite a young homeless couple to live with them. A clash of desires ensues when the young man’s brother has not-so-kosher plans for the elderly couple. 7 p.m. $20. Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-3606. ” target=”_blank”>yala.org.
MON | AUG 1
“ALL MY DISTANCES ARE FAR”
This world premiere of acclaimed playwright and actress Leda Siskind’s latest production, “All My Distances Are Far,” tackles hard questions, from the issue of a foster teen who ages out of the system to a straight-A student who is sexually molested to an adolescent boy with Asperger’s who falls in love. Through each of these characters’ monologues, the audience becomes a confidant, as well as the witness to the urban high school’s therapist. Siskind directs the cast of seven in this docudrama about the struggles of multicultural teens trying to fit in to society. 8 p.m. $25. Theatre 40 at Beverly Hills High School, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-3606. THURS | AUG 4
This award-winning Holocaust documentary by Arnold Schwartzman won the 1982 Oscar for best documentary feature. Narrated by Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles, it was co-produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. It’s part of “Hollywood Takes on the Holocaust,” a five-week series of screenings about films regarding the Holocaust. There are afternoon and evening screenings with a panel discussion in between. 4 and 8 p.m. screenings; 6:30 panel discussion. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704.