Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 21-27, 2012
SAT | JULY 21
“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE WITH MUSIC: SOMETHING OF SILVER”
“Hath not a Jew eyes?” Shylock pleads, reminding listeners that all people are equally human. The City of West Hollywood and Classical Theatre Lab present a family-friendly, contemporary musical version of Shakespeare’s tragic comedy, “The Merchant of Venice.” Tony Award-nominated Tony Tanner directs this upbeat, 90-minute adaptation featuring original songs and lyrics. Sat. Through July 29. 5 p.m. Free. Plummer Park, Great Hall Courtyard, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Also: Aug. 4-19. 4 p.m. Free. Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. RSVP, (323) 960-5691 or (323) 848-6496 (TTY). weho.org.
TUE | JULY 24
Art restorer and Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon is plunged into a world of spies, lovers, priests and thieves when he is called to investigate the death of a beautiful woman in Silva’s latest novel, “The Fallen Angel.” A best-selling novelist, Silva appears in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple. A book signing follows. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, Barad Hall, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
Writer Amy Ephron introduces and provides insight into the 1957 Hepburn-Tracy classic, scripted by her screenwriter parents Phoebe and Henry Ephron. Two strong personalities — a reference librarian and an efficiency expert — clash over the computerization of a television network’s research department in this battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy. Don’t miss this discussion and screening, part of Skirball’s “Classic Film: The Write Stuff” series. Tue. 8 p.m. $6 (general), $5 (students), free (Skirball members). Advance reservations required. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
WED | JULY 25
YALA SUMMER SOIREE
Set on the pool deck of the newly renovated, luxurious Mr. C Beverly Hills, Young Adults of Los Angeles hosts its second annual Summer Soiree. Dress to impress during the Olympics-themed festivities by representing your favorite country or favorite athlete. Also, bring gently used sports equipment to donate to Kids in Sports Los Angeles — which provides high-quality, low-cost sports opportunities for underserved youth — to be entered to win raffle prizes. Wed. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $20 (advance), $25 (door). Admission includes one drink ticket and unlimited pictures in a photo booth. Mr. C Beverly Hills, 1224 S. Beverwil Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8324. jewishla.org/yala.
“YOUR VOICE: LEARNING TO LOBBY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
Aiming to empower individuals by equipping them with the tools to influence public policy, the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ advocacy department hosts a half-day workshop to train students, activists and multidisciplinary professionals in the art and craft of lobbying for social change. Abbe Land, mayor pro tempore of the City of West Hollywood and executive director of the Trevor Project — which provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth — delivers the keynote address, and social change experts lead breakout sessions. Wed. 8:30 a.m.-Noon. Free. National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8514. ncjwla.org.
THU | JULY 26
“DISTURBING TRENDS IN THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE”
This examination of current assaults to church-and-state separation — and how they affect you and your children — includes an interactive discussion led by Rabbi Jeffrey Marx, spiritual leader and teacher of Santa Monica Synagogue, and a presentation by John Suarez, chair of Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s education committee. Suarez reviews the threats religious organizations pose to governmental institutions. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St., Santa Monica. au-losangeles.org.
MEN’S NIGHT: SUMMER SCOTCH TASTING
Featuring hard-to-find single-malt whiskeys and tasty pairings, this local whiskey journey led by Scotch wizard Barry Kaye promises to be both delicious and inspirational. All proceeds support Jewlicious SummerFest, an upcoming weekend retreat of music, arts and Judaism. Thu. 8 p.m. $100 (suggested donation). Private home. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com.
FRI | JULY 27
Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning musical, based on his 1968 film, comes to the Hollywood Bowl. Down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Richard Kind) and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom (“Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson) concoct a get-rich scheme to bilk their investors out of millions by producing the most notorious flop in history. Tonight’s cast includes Roger Bart (Carmen Ghia), Gary Beach (Roger De Bris), Dane Cook (Franz Liebkind) and Rebecca Romijn (Ulla). Fri. Through July 29. 8 p.m. (Friday, Saturday), 7:30 p.m. (Sunday). $11-$164. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.