Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 4-10, 2013



America’s largest community service festival, which started in 1999 as Temple Israel of Hollywood Mitzvah Day, attracts nearly 50,000 people from every neighborhood, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic group to hundreds of projects in communities across Southern California. Volunteer projects include such activities as planting gardens at schools, fixing up homeless shelters and sprucing up dog parks. Big Sunday Weekend also features concerts, book fairs and blood drives. Fri. Through May 5. Various times. Free. Various locations. (323) 549-9944.



Fueled by the artistic vision of choreographer-philosopher Boris Eifman, who told the Journal that he creates “Russian ballets with a Jewish soul,” this acclaimed dance company showcases “Rodin,” an expedition set at the crossroads of passion and insanity, based on the turbulent relationship between famed French sculptor Auguste Rodin and fellow artist Camille Claudel, his mistress and muse. Through May 5. Sat. 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. $29-$109. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787.


West Coast Jewish Theatre presents the story of a friendship between two elderly men — Nat Moyer (Jack Axelrod), a feisty, eccentric Jewish leftist who weaves good-natured con games in order to get his way; and Midge Carter (Carl Crudup), a cantankerous African-American who is afraid that he is going to be put out to pasture as his age becomes an issue at his workplace. Through June 23. Sat. 8 p.m. $35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620.



The Brooklyn-born Jewish composer, violinist and improviser delivers a solo performance during “VLN & VLA,” an epic concert of music for violin and viola. Other guest performers include Andrew Tholl, CalArts violin faculty Lorenz Gamma and CalArts alum Andrew McIntosh. Mon. 7 p.m. $10 (CalArts students/faculty/staff), $16 (students), $20 (general). Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 W. Second St., downtown. (213) 237-2800.  



Israeli native Javier Orgman, who was raised in Uruguay, received violin training in El Sistema, the same place where Gustavo Dudamel learned to play. He and guitarist Tom Farrell make up this musical duo. Specializing in global post-rock, Duo del Sol performs tonight in Los Feliz. Tue. 8 p.m. $12. Rockwell: Table and Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 661-6163.



Chef and restaurateur Judy Zeidler teaches the “Italian” way to prepare pastas of all shapes and sizes during her monthly live cooking demonstration, “Cooking ‘Around the World.’ ” Zeidler, a Journal contributor, author of “Italy Cooks” and an instructor at American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education, will be joined by a surprise guest Italian chef. The meal concludes with dessert. Wed. 10 a.m-1 p.m. $64. Location provided upon RSVP (e-mail (310) 440-1246.


Pro-Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs presents an evening of comedy at the Hollywood Improv with stand-up comedians Avi Liberman, a regular on E!; Mark Schiff, who has opened for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld; Chris Spencer (“Vibe”); and Michael Loftus, a writer on the FX sitcom “Anger Management.” Proceeds benefit The Koby Mandell Foundation, which provides support to Israeli families affected by terrorism. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $80 (advance purchase), $90 (door), $100 (VIP). Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (310) 836-6140.


A new collection of essays, “On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect on Transformative Passages From the Five Books of Moses,” features more than 100 clergy sharing the passages from the Torah that have brought meaning to their lives. Tonight, a diverse panel of local contributors — including Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector and professor of philosophy at American Jewish University; the Rev. Janet Bregar of Village Lutheran Church of Westwood; the Rev. Thomas Eggebeen, interim pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church; and the Rev. Sylvia Sweeney, dean and president of the Bloy House/Episcopal Theological School of Claremont — read from their reflections, answer questions and engage in an interfaith dialogue. The book’s editor and publisher, Jeff Bernhardt, appears as well. Wed. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039. S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215.



L.A. Unified School Board member Steve Zimmer; Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president and CEO of Community Coalition; Nancy Ramirez, western regional counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and John Rogers, UCLA associate professor and director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, discuss “California Schools in Crisis: Closing the Achievement Gap.” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry moderates the panel, which is co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles; the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, MALDEF, the Los Angeles Urban League and the Anti-Defamation League. Thu. Noon. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Mar. 24-30, 2012


Soulful Yemenite singer Achinoam Nini, aka Noa, has experimented with folk, rock, Arabic pop and more during her 20-year career. Tonight, she performs classic Israeli songs, such as “Hayu Leilot” “Mayim Rabim” and “Ruach Stav,” from her latest release, “The Israeli Songbook,” with a mix of Middle Eastern and Latin percussion. Sat. 8 p.m. $20 (general) $15 (UCLA students). Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101.


What happens at TribeFest stays at TribeFest. More than 1,500 young adults (ages 22-45) from across the nation converge on Las Vegas for a three-day conference exploring social justice, Israel, faith, culture and innovation. Speakers address such topics as “From Bernstein to Beasties: The American Jewish Music Experience,” “Jewish Vote in 2012,” “Pitchfest! Jewish Stories Go Hollywood” and “Meet the Change: Jews Battling Hunger.” A clergy track and a Leadership Development Institute also available. Entertainment includes appearances by Moshav, Aya Korem, DJ Diwon, Hatikva 6 and Kosha Dillz. Sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America. A party for TribeFest participants hosted by The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas at the Venetian’s Tao precedes the event on Saturday night. Sun. Through March 27. 3 p.m.-midnight. $499 (not including hotel accommodations). Venetian Sands Expo Center and various locations. (888) 889-6406 (registration and housing).

Knitters of all experience levels participate in an afternoon of stitching, done Jewish style. Twenty-something knitting maven Jenni Romano teaches and provides yarn for beginners. The group meets at Michaels Arts and Craft Store in Encino and then goes to a patio, Starbucks or a park to knit. Ages 21-39 only. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free (bring $5-$10 for beginner needles). Michaels Arts and Crafts Store, 17230 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 835-2139.

Journal contributor Sonenshein, the executive director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, discusses the 2012 elections. He examines “The Republican Challenge to President Obama,” “Issues Central to the Campaign” and “Role of and Impact on the Jewish Community.” Sun. 10:30 a.m. (lecture), noon (kosher luncheon), 1 p.m. (Q-and-A). $20 (Ameinu and Na’amat USA members), $30 (general). Institute of Jewish Education, Library, 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2842.


Discuss Sephardic Passover traditions, customs and halachot with Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, director of the Sephardic Educational Center. Tue. 7-10 p.m. Free (RSVP by March 26 and bring photo identification). The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 272-4574. RSVP to


The comic and author discusses his recently released memoir, “Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy From Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16.” In the book, Kasher traces his journey from troubled youth to up-and-coming comedian. Kasher also appears at Book Soup on March 30. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270.


Stories of Jewish immigration, identity and intermarriage are told in home movies. The lives of ordinary families unfold on three giant screens, exploring the dynamic interplay between personal memories and collective history and focusing on Jews in the West. Features an online multimedia archive compiled by The Labyrinth Project, an art collective at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Attendees can add their own family stories and images to this ever-growing exhibition. Thu. Through Sept. 2. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday). Included with museum admission: $10 (general), $7 (seniors and full-time students), $5 (children, 2-12), free (members and children under 2), free (to all on Thursdays). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

The stand-up comedian and podcaster (“WTF With Marc Maron”) brings his thought-provoking, honest and frequently laugh-out-loud act to The Ice House. Thu. 8 p.m. $20 (two-drink minimum not included). Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 577-1894.