May 26, 2019

‘Basterds,’ Beach Club and Sci-Fi Elul


While the lobby of Beth Chayim Chadashim on Pico Boulevard is undergoing a renovation, members of the LGBT congregation venture across the city to a variety of venues to celebrate Shabbat. Pan Pacific Park is this week’s destination, in an easily accessible corner of the park. The Shabbat service emphasizes meditation, music and togetherness. Connect with nature and with each other. Children are welcome. Free. 7–9 p.m. Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023.

A Shabbat service delivers international flavor at Wilshire Boulevard Temple as foreign-born members of the congregation relate stories of their Jewish lives abroad before they emigrated. Jewish music from around the world enriches the international environment. An international oneg Shabbat follows. 6–7 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401.


Bring pillows and blankets and spread out on a large grassy lawn for the outdoor screening of director Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film, “Inglourious Basterds,” about a young Jewish refugee who plots revenge in German-occupied France after witnessing Nazis slaughtering her family. The woman seeks to avenge her family when Nazi military leaders convene at a theater she operates while a group of American Jewish soldiers, the Basterds, approach the scene. Their paths cross. Doors 5:30 p.m., music 7 p.m., movie 8:30 p.m. Arrive by 5:30 p.m. for free admission to the Autry Museum for all event ticket holders. $8–$21. The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (213) 267-4393.


Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for Community Service Day, featuring several opportunities for making a difference across the city. Volunteers join Heal the Bay for a morning of beach cleanup; bring donations of new or like-new items and create customized gift bags for Baby2Baby; or participate in an interactive back-to-school assembly line with low-income Hollywood Community Housing Corporation residents. Heal the Bay: 10 a.m.–noon. Lot 4 South, south side of Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. Baby2Baby: 10 a.m.–noon. Baby2Baby Warehouse, 8439 Steller Drive, Culver City. Volunteers ages 7 and over. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Hollywood Community Housing Corporation: 8:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mariposa Apartments, 5020 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8000.

Songsmith Randy Newman’s catalog includes the classic tunes “Short People,” “I Love L.A.” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” At the Hollywood Bowl, the legendary songwriter performs songs from each of his 11 studio albums, featuring accompaniment by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and his own band. 7:30 p.m. $14–$70. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000.

Before summer ends, enjoy a kosher breakfast party at the beach. Bring fruit or kosher/gluten-free snacks and freshly squeezed juice. Yogi and author Marcus Freed leads an optional yoga and meditation session incorporating spirituality, kabbalah and water. Organized by Pico Shul. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Venice Fishing Pier. 1 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey.

Will a Bedouin family that has occupied the same modest plot of land on the edge of the Negev Desert since the days of the Ottoman Empire be able to overcome an Israeli government order and retain its home? That is a central question in the Arabic- and Hebrew-language documentary film, “Sharqiya,” which will be shown at Beit T’Shuvah in a program organized by the Beit T’Shuvah Sisterhood. A Q-and-A session with director Ami Livne follows the screening. 2 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8847 Venice Blvd. (310) 204-5200.

Shmuel Gonzales, known as the Barrio Boychik, leads a late-morning walking tour of Boyle Heights, once the largest Jewish community west of Chicago. The event evokes memories of the long-ago days when Brooklyn Avenue, the Breed Street Shul and the rest of Boyle Heights formed the beating heart of the Los Angeles Jewish community, before Brooklyn Avenue became Avenida Cesar Chavez. 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $20. Children 13 and under free. Limited to 20 participants. Meet in front of the Breed Street Shul, 247 N. Breed St., Los Angeles. Contact to register.

Author and documentarian Cory Taylor’s 2018 book, “How Hitler Was Made: Germany and the Rise of the Perfect Nazi” examines the dark, little-known years of the Nazi dictator’s emergence between the end of World War I in 1918 and 1924. Taylor, an Emmy winner who writes nonfiction, discusses the revelations in his book, emphasizing the manipulation of true information and propaganda. 3–4:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704.


In the run-up to the High Holidays, the egalitarian IKAR community holds preparatory house parties over three consecutive nights. Tuesday’s shindig doubles as a house-warming party at IKAR’s new digs. On Wednesday and Thursday, the group heads to the San Fernando Valley and to the Eastside, respectively. Don’t miss the evenings of learning, conversation, food and kid-friendly activities, featuring IKAR rabbis and fellow IKARites stretching their minds, hearts and souls. Aug. 14: 5:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required. IKAR event space, 1729 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. Aug. 15: 7 p.m. Valley location provided upon RSVP. Aug. 16: 7 p.m. Eastside location provided upon RSVP. (323) 634-1870.


‘The Ripple Effect”
An award-winning documentary spotlights the intense day-to-day struggle to keep arts education alive for inner-city children when other subjects are given higher priority. “The Ripple Effect” is shown at Congregation Kol Ami in an evening organized by the Center for Spiritual Learning–Los Angeles. 7–8 p.m. Free. Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 606-0996.


Favoring a nontraditional method for studying the month of Elul, Adat Ari El Rabbi Jessica Yarkin — a fan of the futuristic British sci-fi series “Red Dwarf” — uses that show as a launching pad for teaching the community about the High Holy Days. This is the second of a three-part weekly discussion titled “Explore Elul … in Space!” Learners 17-and-up. 7:30–9:30 p.m., Adat Ari El, Wynn Meeting Room, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.


Nonprofits Masa Israel Journey and Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) hold a young professionals summer happy hour. Mingle with other Jewish young professionals, network and learn about mentoring opportunities in your area and Israel experiences. Masa Southwest Regional Director Avital Khazanov and JBBBSLA staff will be on-hand to share more about their organizations. Appetizers served. Drinks available for purchase. 6:30–9:30 p.m. Free entry. The Parlor Hollywood, 7250 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8675.

All you knead is love — so says Chai Lifeline, an organization supporting families with children suffering from cancer and other chronic illnesses. This challah bake at a private home in Beverly Hills raises funds for the international organization’s West Coast office. 7:30 p.m. $100 suggested donation. 515 N. Alpine Drive, Beverly Hills. RSVP to

Named after a Gullah expression that roughly translates to “work it” or “get funky,”  Ranky Tanky builds upon the musical sounds of the South Carolina low country. The quintet boasts gospel-style vocals, jazzy trumpet solos and African rhythms. Its performance at the Skirball Sunset Concert series comes nearly a year after the release of its eponymously titled album, which soared to the top of the jazz charts. Expect a concert both playful and spiritual. Evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a DJ set by Ajay Ravi. 8 p.m. concert. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.