January 19, 2020

Calendar Girls picks and clicks for Sept. 6–12: Hip hop art, veggie Jews, string theory & laughs


They’re being called the “Divas of Domesticity.” Three PTA-parents-turned-girl-group prove dishes can’t diminish a desire for artistic creativity. “It’s The Housewives,” a rock-musical by husband/wife songwriting team Laurence and Hope Juber of “A Very Brady Musical” and Ellen Guylas, features 19 songs with titles that will make you chuckle: “In Sink and at Your Disposal,” “Ironing Bored” and “Reynolds Rap.” Sat. 8 p.m. $40. Through Oct. 12. The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (323) 960-5563. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>respectively, in “Wicked”). Hilty takes on the role of secretary Doralee played by Parton 28 years ago. The show will play at the Ahmanson for more than a month, but tonight you get to turn your evening of entertainment into a mitzvah. Vista Del Mar, a social service agency that focuses on children, is hosting an evening to raise funds for their many social, educational, behavioral and health programs. What a way to make a livin’ — and what a way to make a difference. Sun. 4 p.m. (cocktails), 5 p.m. (dinner). Call for prices. Center at Cathedral Plaza, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. 6:30 p.m. (show). Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 836-1223, ext. 274.

“String theory is a still-developing mathematical approach to theoretical physics, whose original building blocks are one-dimensional extended objects called strings. String theory is the first candidate for the ‘theory of everything,’ a way to describe all the known natural forces and matter in a mathematically complete system.” Perhaps art can explain better than Wikipedia. In “String Theory: Works by Gary Frederick Brown and Baila Goldenthal,” the abstract artists contemplate “the sub-microscopic dimensions” of human relationships with the divine, trying to get at the invisible threads that link them. At this artists’ opening reception, USC professor Solomon Golomb will address the science of string theory in connection with the exhibit. Sun. 3-5 p.m. Free. USC Hillel Art Gallery, 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135.

Interested in supporting gay and lesbian rights, but not sure how? Start by visiting a moving-art exhibition, “The Shepard Cycle: Prints and Drawings by Nomi Silverman,” at the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring’s A Shenere Velt art gallery. Silverman will present prints, studies and drawings relating to gay college student Matthew Shepard, whose hate-motivated murder in Wyoming 10 years ago has inspired a variety of artistic endeavors. The gallery will donate 50 percent of the sale price from each Silverman piece to the campaign to defeat Proposition 8, the measure that aims to ban same-sex marriage in California. Congregations Beth Chayim Chadashim and Kol Ami, Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jews for Marriage Equality are co-sponsoring this exhibition. Sun. 3-5 p.m. (opening reception). Through Oct. 3. Free. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
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When L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited Israel earlier this summer, he was deeply moved by the plight of those living in Sderot. Over breakfast, several senior members of his delegation will discuss their experiences in the town that is being barraged daily by Palestinian terrorist rocket attacks. Under the auspices of AMIT, a religious education and social services organization that supports Israeli youth, and the Jewish Free Loan Association, Los Angeles city officials will bring the realities of the tragedy home during “New Perspectives — A Report from Sderot: A Lox and Bagel Breakfast and Panel Discussion.” Sun. 9-11 a.m. $20-$40. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 859-4885. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.jcafela.com.

Just in time for the High Holy Days, the Lehkeeroov Jewish Vegetarian Society (JVS) wants you to know that if you eat meat, you’re sinning and you should probably repent on Yom Kippur for every steak and chicken thigh you’ve devoured this year. In “The Messianic Vision: Vegetarian or Not?” an intensive exploration with Orthodox rabbis and other authorities, the JVS will debate the religious and moral implications of being a carnivore as well as the ethics of using animals for clothing, experimentation and sacrifice (guess that rules out ” target=”_blank”>http://judaism.meetup.com/166.


You probably know more Yiddish than you think, thanks to “Seinfeld,” Heeb magazine and Jewish screenwriters, who made words such as shlep, klutz, nosh, shlimazel (remember the “Laverne and Shirley” hopscotch theme song?) and shmooze household lingo. If pop culture catchphrases aren’t satisfying your hunger for ” target=”_blank”>http://www.circelsocal.org.

Omer Bartov, a professor at Brown University, set out to investigate the history of his mother’s hometown in eastern Galicia, and now he is telling the public about what he discovered. During the course of his research, he came face to face with the region’s ethnic conflicts, historic anti-Semitism and complex political development. Bartov also reveals a newly independent country that ethnically cleansed its own history, wiping out nearly all traces of the vibrant Jewish communities that once thrived in the region. Hear the details of the professor’s fascinating study in a community lecture sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Jewish studies program at California State University, Northridge, “Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine.” Mon. 4:30-6 p.m. Free. California State University, Northridge, Oviatt Library Presentation Room, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-2957 or (818) 677-4724. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.aclu-sc.org.


It’s easy to focus on the horrors that religion has inspired, especially since the conflicts raging around the world today are so heavily infused with talk of holy missions, God’s will and martyrdom. Rabbi David Wolpe spends more than 200 pages doing the exact opposite in his much-talked-about new book, “Why Faith ” target=”_blank”>http://www.ajula.edu.

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Can the Middle East help California solve its environmental problems? Friends of the Arava Institute, an environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, are actively exploring the possibility. Experts from the institute will be sharing the ways Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have worked together to try to solve the region’s many environmental woes. The seminar will also focus on how the quest for alternative energy sources and environmental strategies used to combat water scarcity, industrial waste and pollution could be adapted to our state. “In many ways, these two regions that are at opposite ends of the planet have very similar problems. Our hope is that our experiences from the Middle East may have relevance to similar issues in the Western United States,” said Clive Lipchin, research director of the Arava Institute and one of the featured experts at the panel discussion. Tue. 5 p.m. Free. UCLA School of Law Auditorium, 385 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles. (866) 312-7282. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>freshest ingredients and finest restaurants, it’s still somehow better known for exporting California Pizza Kitchen and Koo Koo Roo than anything else. And with so much food fusion happening in Los Angeles, do local flavors get lost in global palettes? During this discussion put on by Zócalo public lecture series, moderator and Pulitzer-winning L.A. Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold will ask local chefs Michael Cimarusti (Providence), Evan Kleinman (Angeli Caffe) and a slew of others “Is There Such a Thing as L.A. Cuisine?” Wed. 7 p.m. Free. The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 403-0416. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.templeetzchaim.org.

Pisher [peesh-ehr], a Yiddish-English term, meaning, politely, “a little squirt.” The story goes … two new Jewish mothers, Chloe Brakha and Jackie Deutsch, became as fashion-obsessed on behalf of their newborns as they were for themselves. Thus, a shopping-exclusive for Moms entitled, “Rich Lil Pishers,” a one-day, one-stop shop for women to indulge their wallets and get pampered. And since most Jews fancy a steep bargain, the “momtrepreneurs” are amalgamating designer maternity and children’s wear at a 70 percent discount with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Baby2Baby, an organization providing children’s items to Los Angeles families in need. Wed. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $25. Smashbox Studios, 8538 Warner Drive, Culver City. (310) 339-1558. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>much the same way that ecclesiastical heavy weights were portrayed by Velasquez and Rembrandt: as compelling, assertive, larger-than-life figures. Melamid, who first made a name for himself as a revolutionary artist in Soviet Russia with longtime collaborator Vitaly Komar, was introduced to the hip hop elite by his son, a music video director. Having escaped Soviet harassment, the artist has continued to dissect contemporary culture and plans to follow this with two additional series, of 12 religious figures and 12 Russian oligarchs. Fri. 7-9 p.m. (opening reception). Tue.-Sat. Through Nov. 1. Free. Forum Gallery, 8069 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1550. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.plays411.com/hitlersroast.

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— Lilly Fowler contributed to this article