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.