SAT | MAY 17
Come for the music and stay for the Prius! Temple Ramat Zion’s “The Magic of a Starry Night” could turn into a dreamy night for the lucky ticket holder who has the choice between a 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid or $15,000 cash. The raffle is part of the synagogue’s major fundraising evening, featuring an array of secular music that ranges from popular rock to hip-hop and stars Cantor Paul Dorman and Cantor Ilysia J. Pierce (she played Evita in the Los Angeles production, so you know the woman’s got pipes!). A post-concert dessert reception will be open to all attendees. Sat. 8 p.m. $25 (16 and under), $40-$75 (general). $100 (raffle ticket). Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 360-1881.
What happens at Adat Shalom stays at Adat Shalom. Win some, lose some with other like-minded Sin City lovers when this Westside house of prayer hosts “Las Vegas Night at Adat Shalom,” an evening of blackjack, roulette, craps, raffle, a silent auction and delicious eats. Don’t fret too much about your losses — all proceeds benefit the congregation. Sat. 8:15 p.m.-midnight. $54-$58. Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-4985.
In a battle where there is no enemy and no victim, young soldiers are pitted against religious settlers, each taking their orders from a higher power. “Unsettled” is an American-made documentary by Adam Hootnick about the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in the summer of 2005, an emotionally taut event that forced a nation to look deep within itself to do what is right. The Forward said “Hootnick has found a way to turn one of the most politicized subjects of our time into a sensitively wrought drama containing both suspense and moral weight.” The film opened on May 16 and is now playing, for one week only, at the Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.morgan-wixson.org.
SUN | MAY 18
” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>but from a seasoned orchestra comprised of physicians and medical professionals. Not only can they heal you with their medical knowledge, they can also ease suffering with their beautiful music in the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1953. Relaying classical music from legends such as Rossini and Dvorak, this unique blend of performers from one of the oldest community orchestras in the country is conducted by music director Ivan Shulman and features soloist David Weiss, former oboe principal for the Philharmonic. Funds raised from the concert are donated to medical charities. Sun. 3-5:30 p.m. $18. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.venicefamilyclinic.org.
After a hot morning outdoors at the Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park, why not head inside for the cool classical sounds of Beethoven’s piano sonatas? The “Coffee, Cookies and Concerts” series produced by The Music Guild, brings you a trio of pianists, Levin, Lysy and Martin, who will delight discerning ears with a program of beautiful melodies accompanied by an array of delicious desserts with which you can satiate your senses. Sun. 3 p.m. $40. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood. (323) 954-0404.