December 18, 2018

Calendar: March 7-13



When a middle-age therapist starts a correspondence with a young Jewish prisoner, the therapist gets much more than he could have anticipated. Frawley Becker’s drama, directed by Jules Aaron, is a look at the unlikely relationship that can develop cross-country through words on a page. Named best play at the 2006 Firehouse Theatre Project’s Festival of New American Plays, the piece is finally having its West Coast premiere. 8 p.m. $15-$25. Through April 19. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 763-5990. ” target=”_blank”>


It’s the opera adaptation of the startling nonfiction book by Sister Helen Prejean, a nun who served as spiritual adviser to two convicted murderers on death row in the 1980s. Created by the celebrated Jake Heggie — who also created the song cycle “For a Look or a Touch,” about the Jewish homosexual experience during the Holocaust — and Terrence McNally, the opera is a gripping marriage of words and music. This special performance marks the 15-year anniversary of the show’s premiere. 8 p.m. Through March 8. $45-$135. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. SUN | MAR 8


There’s no drought about it: California is in crisis. Today we honor water, the source of life, with an all-day teach-in of workshops, spiritual practice, sacred ritual and a communal marketplace focusing on our global climate emergency. Panelists include Rabbi Sharon Brous, TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis, the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham and more. There will be musical performances, including an original composition by Yuval Ron. We made a desert bloom once; let’s do it again. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $36 (general), $25 (students and seniors). Loyola Marymount University, 1 Loyola Marymount University Drive, Los Angeles. WED | MAR 11


Whether you’ve gone through the college application process yourself or have a kid going through it, you’re probably aware of the hubbub over how intense it can be. William Deresiewicz, former professor and member of Yale’s admission committee, discusses the high-pressure system that starts with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and ends in skewed applications. Author of “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite & the Way to a Meaningful Life,” Deresiewicz has researched, written and reflected, and now is urging us to remember what learning should — and should not — be about. 7 p.m. Suggested donation $18. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. ” target=”_blank”>



Why leave success to chance? Aaron Abram moderates a panel discussion among four success stories: Panelists include Howard Marks, co-chair of StartEngine and co-founder of Activision (responsible for “Call of Duty” and “Guitar Hero”); Joseph Essas, chief technology officer at OpenTable and venture partner at FirstMark Capital; David Sacks, executive producer of “The Simpsons” and “3rd Rock From the Sun”; and Scott Greenberg, internationally renowned motivational speaker. Network with the right people and ask the right questions — there’s no way to fail. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Beverly Hills Synagogue, 9261 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 556-3344.