Calendar Picks and Clicks: June 29 – July 5, 2013



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.



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.


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).


“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.


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.


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.



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.



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.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Feb. 16-22, 2013



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.