Calendar: February 28 – March 6
SAT | FEB 28
YALE STROM & HOT PSTROMI
There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the shortest month than with some heartwarming klez-tastic tunes. The band, which got its start more than 30 years ago, uses violin, bass, flute, accordion, vocals and more to bring that Eastern European je ne sais quoi to L.A. County. Yale Strom, who learned much of his technique from klezmer musicians who played before, during and after the Holocaust, guides his band — and the rest of us — through a lively and colorful musical feast. 8 p.m. $20-$30. Torrance Cultural Arts Center, James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. (310) 378-8100. SUN | MARCH 1
JEWISH WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
It’s the fourth annual opportunity to explore ideas for living the life you want to live at any age. Keynote speaker is Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service. The day will start with a breakfast panel, “LeadHERship: Pursuing Dreams & Overcoming Obstacles,” moderated by Journal Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim, and will continue with workshops and break-out sessions on topics such as personal growth and spirituality, career success, body care, and gender and sexuality. Lunch will also be provided. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $80 (general), $60 (seniors over 70), $20 (students), free (students, half-day). Covel Commons at UCLA, 200 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 852-8536. ” target=”_blank”>lamoth.org.
MON | MARCH 2
PETER, PAUL AND BIKEL
Legends talking to legends — it’s always a spectacle. Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and the now-late Mary Travers brought song to causes during the folk-friendly activist 1960s. The two gentlemen, who authored the book “Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life,” talk to legendary actor and fellow folk-singer Theodore Bikel. Doesn’t matter if you hammered in the mornin,’ come listen to these guys this evenin’. 7:30 p.m. $30. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 782-4525. ” target=”_blank”>jewishmusicla.org.
THUR | MAR 5
“OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES”
It’s the Los Angeles premiere of this off-Broadway musical, inspired by Sam Hoffman’s website of the same name, which riffs on everything from sex to marriage to getting old, with hilarity that anyone can enjoy. From the wacky to the downright dirty, the show includes old favorites as well as brand-new jokes and songs. Warning: Best to leave the kids at home for this one. 7:30 p.m. $59. Show runs through March 15. Call or visit the website for prices and times of other performances. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. FRI | MAR 6
With all this drought business, we might even welcome some of the water damage Noah knew too well. Get your Old Testament opera fix at this LA Opera production starring Jonathan Michie, Milena Kitic and Jamieson K. Price, featuring musicians from several of the orchestras around town and a colorful pageant where children play all the animal roles. Conducted by James Conlon. Fri. 7:30 p.m. and Sat. 7:30 p.m. Free with a $1 handling fee. LA Opera at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001.
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.