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Dikla Kadosh

November 21-27, 2009

Venezuelan playwright Moisés Kaufman brings the historical drama surrounding fallen English playwright Oscar Wilde to the stage in “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” Using transcripts and real quotes from Wilde’s infamous trials, as well as newspaper articles and the personal accounts of those involved, Kaufman chronicles how the darling of Victorian England was shunned for “committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons.” An L.A. Theatre Works audio performance, recorded live without sets or costumes, to be broadcast on public and satellite radio nationwide. Sat. 2:30 p.m. Also, Sun. at 4 p.m. $40-$48. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. latw.org.

October 31– November 6, 2009

The latest film out of Israel to generate enormous buzz is the country’s official submission for the 2010 Academy Awards. “Ajami,” which won a special mention during the Camera d’Or competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, zooms in on the Ajami neighborhood within the Israeli city of Jaffa, a gritty jumble of cultures, religions and factions struggling for power and control. Co-directors, producers and writers Scandar Copti, a Palestinian resident of Ajami, and Yaron Shani, an Israeli Jew, used local amateurs, not trained actors, and guerrilla filmmaking that blurred the lines between documentary and fiction. This screening, part of AFI Fest, which runs Oct. 30-Nov. 7, is the first opportunity for Angelenos to see this provocative film. Sun. 10:30 p.m. Free tickets can be reserved online or over the phone. Mann Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood and Highland Center, Hollywood. (866) 234-3378. afi.com.

Picks and Clicks for October 24– 30, 2009

Local musical collective Fool’s Gold perform their blend of Western pop, African melodies and Hebrew lyrics as part of KCRW’s Sounds Around Town series of free concerts at Westfield Century City’s outdoor terrace. Thu. 7-9 p.m. Free. Westfield Century City, Dining Terrace, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City. kcrw.com/events/sounds-around-town. myspace.com/foolsgold.

Picks and Clicks for October 17– October 23, 2009

“Women Rabbis: Trailblazers and Innovators,” a public discussion sponsored by The Jewish Journal and Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, will feature Rabbi Sharon Brous from IKAR, Rabbi Denise L. Eger from Congregation Kol Ami, Rabbi Laura Geller from Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Rabbi Zoë Klein of Temple Isaiah, Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva, Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh of Temple Israel of Hollywood, Rabbi Debra Orenstein of Makom Ohr Shalom and Susan Freudenheim, The Jewish Journal’s managing editor, as the moderator. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SOVA. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $10 (presale), $15 (at the door). Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 368-1661, ext. 251.

Calendar Picks and Clicks September 11–17, 2009

Even faced with the worst of circumstances — war, poverty, illness and hunger — children make use of what’s around them to create toys. “The Power to Play — From Trash to Treasure” is a new ChildFund International and Museum of Tolerance exhibit that displays this indomitable spirit, showcasing more than 200 toys handmade by disadvantaged children around the world, using scraps of metal, discarded bottles and other waste to entertain themselves. Former Miss USA, Shauntay Hinton, who was sponsored by the same organization — ChildFund — as the young toymakers, will share her inspiring story. Children will also have the chance to create their own toy from recycled materials. Sun. 1:30-4 p.m. Through Dec. 31. Free. Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (804) 756-8987. childfund.org.

Picks and Clicks for September 5-11, 2009

Shelley Berman, the first stand-up comedian to appear at Carnegie Hall and the first to win a Grammy for best comedy album, will star in the Celebrity Staged Play Reading of “Keep the Two Dollars,” by Bill Barnett. The comedy’s plot involves an expensive bracelet, a mystery man, a suspected love affair, an insurance company and a British bride. Produced and directed by Alexandra More. A Q-and-A with the playwright will follow the performance.

2009 Fall Preview Calendar

Ana Laguna and Mikhail Baryshnikov: Three Solos and a Duet. Two legendary dancers join to perform works by three of today’s most heralded contemporary choreographers: Swedish choreographer Mats Ek; Alexei Ratmansky, currently the artist in residence at American Ballet Theatre; and Benjamin Millepied…

Calendar Picks and Clicks August 29–September 4, 2009

The Jewish Artists Initiative has organized three concurrent exhibitions in Los Angeles for the first time in its history. “Fresh Voices of Contemporary Jewish Artists” (through Dec. 31) will be on display at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and will feature artists such as Carol Es, Josh Abarbanel, Marcie Kaufman and others; “Big Questions new works by: Gilah Yelin Hirsch and Elizabeth Bloom” (through Nov. 8) will be held at the University of Southern California Hillel;


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