December 17, 2018

Calendar: January 6-12



The Hollywood Stage Company has launched in Los Angeles with a new troupe of actors, singers, dancers and stage crew. The company’s first production is the Holocaust-themed play “Bent,” by Martin Sherman, which focuses on the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany. The title of the play refers to the slang word “bent,” which was a derogatory term used to refer to homosexuals. Longtime writer, director, actor, producer and photographer Robert Hayman and noted singer, actress and writer Rachel Ewy are the duo behind the new Hollywood Stage Company. Through Jan. 29. 8 p.m. $25. Hollywood Stage Company Theater, 6520 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. ” target=”_blank”>


Join Josh Nelson, Dan Nichols, Ellen Dreskin and Rosalie Boxt for an evening of music on the first Shabbat of 2017. 8 p.m. $18 adults; $9 students younger than 18. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. SUN | JAN 8


This presentation and discussion will provide an overview and introduction to researching your Polish-Jewish ancestry. Topics will include the history of Polish border changes, geography and place name changes; how to find and locate your ancestral shtetl and historical information; Polish-Jewish surnames and given names; special-interest groups for Jewish genealogical research in Poland, and much more. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. 1:30 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2320 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. ” target=”_blank”>


Shalhevet High will hold a community-wide fundraising concert for the school. 7:15 p.m. $36 for adults; $25 for Shalhevet alumni younger than 25; $18 for children younger than 18; free for children 4 and younger. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax, Los Angeles. (323) 930-9333. TUES | JAN 10



Musician Ari Herstand discusses and signs “How to Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician.” Success today comes from conquering social media and mastering the art of merchandising as music makers are caught in an industry revolution that has left record companies struggling to survive. Herstand’s book discusses every facet of this “new” business. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. Private home; address provided upon RSVP. WED | JAN 11


Uncover the history behind two 1968 Time magazine covers, “Robert F. Kennedy” and “The Gun in America,” both of which are on view at the “Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.” exhibit. The two covers were created at the same time but were never meant to be viewed as a pair. Join Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., to discuss this historical moment and more about portraiture and the artists who create it. 2 p.m. Included with museum admission. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. THURS | JAN 12


The prevailing view of the early Iron Age as an era of cultural devolution, as depicted in the Hebrew Bible, has begun to be challenged by recent archaeological discoveries. University of Toronto excavations have begun to uncover the remains of a settlement from this period, which depicts the rise of a powerful kingdom associated with “the Land of Palistin” and possible links to the Peleset and other “sea peoples.” Timothy Harrison of the University of Toronto will give a lecture as part of the Archeology of Ancient Israel Series. 4 p.m. UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. ” target=”_blank”>