January 19, 2020

Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Sept. 20-26: Stories and songs, lectures and films, politics


Even if you can’t convert a 7-10-split, you’ll at least be able to help Strike Out Hunger. SOVA celebrates its 25th anniversary on the lanes in Tarzana with a food drive and family fun, including bowling, bingo, music, activities for kids, ” target=”_blank”>http://www.jfsla.org/sova.

Learn how to turn over a new leaf during the High Holy Days season by celebrating Shabbat the environmentally friendly way. Temple Beth Am is sponsoring Green Shabbat, featuring a panel discussion led by LADWP General Manager David Nahai with other champions of the environmental movement, including representatives from TreePeople and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California. A kosher lunch featuring environmentally friendly products will be served during the Q-and-A session. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to go green. Sat. 11:30 a.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. to (310) 652-7354, ext. 213. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.laughfactory.com.

Throw on your dancing shoes and feather boas and experience Hollywood as it was in the 1920s. Friends of the Israel Defense Forces’ Young Leadership of Los Angeles is holding its second annual Roaring ’20s Old Hollywood Gala, where flappers and spats will once again sparkle on the dance floor. Sat. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $135-$500. The Los Angeles Theatre, 630 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. (310) 305-4063. ” target=”_blank”>http://yiddishkaytla.org.

Prepare yourself for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with a special prelude to a Selichot service at Temple Judea: “Take a Sweater: Unsolicited Advice and Complex Relationships That Adults Have With Our Parents.” The evening will include a screening of Woody Allen’s “Oedipus Wrecks,” a short movie included in the three-story film package, “New York Stories.” Allen’s comedy tells the story of a New York lawyer and his Jewish mother, a parent who gives new meaning to the word “critical.” A discussion on forgiveness, love and parents will follow the viewing of the film, followed by a Selichot service. Sat. 9 p.m. Free. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.tioh.org.


Calling all singles, couples, individuals, eccentrics and just plain outdoorsy types to Mosaic L.A.’s Ocean Boardwalk “Urban” Hike and Kosher Picnic. Just when you started lamenting summer’s end, here comes an opportunity to get back to the beach. Only this time, stroll in a sweatshirt in the cool breeze flowing from the Pacific. Afterward, the group will gather for a sumptuous kosher picnic — Mosaic will provide chicken, rice and veggies and everyone else is invited to bring a parve side dish or dessert. Just don’t forget to visit the Web site and R.S.V.P. Sun. 3:30 p.m. (hike), 6 p.m. (picnic). $10-$12. Meet at 7299 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. For more information, e-mail info@mosaicla.org or visit ” target=”_blank”>http://www.fcla.org.

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Frank Sinatra and Doris Day both recorded his songs. Now Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills is bringing the Academy Award-winner’s tunes — “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “All the Way” and “High Hopes” — back to life in “It’s Magic! — A Tribute to Sammy Cahn.” Leonard Maltin will narrate the performance, which features entertainers from Broadway and beyond, including Steve Tyrell, Karen Morrow and Harry Shearer. Sun. 5 p.m. $35-$125. Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.valleycitiesjcc.org.


Tired of those insipid blockbusters devoid of meaning? Here’s an artistic event sure to expand your ideas about war and peace. “Cine-Peace,” a project of Americans for Peace Now, presents a series of short films offering diverse ” target=”_blank”>http://www.peacenow.org/socal.

Join an informative lecture presentation that offers a fascinating look at the Jewish presence in China. Peter Berton, professor emeritus of international relations at USC, will discuss the various waves of Jewish migrations to China. He will also elaborate on relations between China and Israel, focusing on the development of trade in the areas of agriculture, weapons and technology, as well as the introduction of the China-Israeli Friendship Society. Perhaps most intriguing, Berton will look at the interest among today’s Chinese youth to promote Jewish values. Don’t miss China and the Jews, an Afternoon With Peter Berton. Mon. 2 p.m. Free. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2526. ” alt=”ALTTEXT” width=”300″ height=”461″ align = right vspace = 8 hspace = 8 />
Heeb Magazine, the irreverent, “take-no-prisoners” rag on everything Jewish and cool is bringing its brand of Jewish comedy to M Bar. A slew of writers, ” target=”_blank”>http://www.heebmagazine.com/blog/view/995

What does it take to build a movie studio that revolutionizes Hollywood? “Chutzpah,” according to a new three-part documentary by Harry Warner’s granddaughter, Cass Warner Sperling, who weaves home movies, archival footage and family memorabilia to tell the story of “The Brothers Warner,” four ” target=”_blank”>http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters.

Don’t worry about fitting in, says author and licensed psychologist Leonard Felder. Be unique. Be an individual, he prescribes. But at what cost? How much must you compromise your true self to fit into the broader community? Felder has some tips for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, a pariah or a social outcast. And let’s face it — we’ve all been there at one point or another. So learn from what “Fitting in Is Overrated: The Survival Guide for Anyone Who Has Ever Felt Like an Outsider” has to offer, including the benefits of being in the minority and learning to deal with cliques, queen bees and close-minded people. Tue. 7:15-8:45 a.m. $15-$20. Minding Your Business Breakfast Meeting, Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 364-4465.


Jews for Judaism is devoted to combating what it calls the $250 million crusade targeting the Jewish community for conversion. And the anti-missionary group has a lengthy list of lofty supporters: Jona Goldrich, Marilyn Ziering, Ruth Ziegler and several prominent rabbis. Tonight L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and director Arthur Allan Seidelman will be honored for their steadfast support, while emcee Mark Schiff entertains over cocktails and dinner. Wed. 5:30 p.m. $250. Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Bel Air. (310) 556-3344. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

One summer, out of the blue, Michael Greenberg’s 15-year-old daughter experienced a psychotic break. In his memoir, “Hurry Down the Sunshine,” he chronicles the loss and pain that overtook his daughter, his family and his marriage as she disappeared from their world: “I feel like I’m traveling and traveling with nowhere to go back to,” his daughter, Sally, told him in a brief moment of clarity. The author will read from and sign his latest work. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.skirball.org.

Bernard Henri-Levy has a thing or two to say about totalitarianism. A joint venture of ALOUD and KCRW-FM, the French Jewish intellectual will share his views on authoritarian regimes of the past as well as emergent ones with Arianna Huffington, of KCRW’s “Left, Right, and Center” and Huffington Post. Will he lambaste China? Iran? The United States? Huffington keeps things moving with challenging questions and provocative repartee. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Standby only. ALOUD at Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.mademenuclear.com.

The timeless theme of the relationship between a father and his son, and the things that bring them together and tear them apart, is the subject of “Conversations With My Father,” a play by Herb Gardner. The Santa Monica Theatre Guild presents the humorous drama of Eddie, a Russian Jewish immigrant whose history of suffering from pogroms continues to plague him. While the 40-year-old Canal Street bar owner decides to disavow himself of his Jewish roots, he sees his young son, Charlie, attend Hebrew school. As one struggles to break free of a tortured past and another discovers a new sense of identity in a new world, father and son represent the conflict between tradition and assimilation. At once a portrait of past demons, the challenges of rebuilding life as an immigrant and the irreconcilable differences between family members, Gardner’s work is both poignant and humorous, filled with Yiddish idioms, eccentric characters and universal truths. Fri.; Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 28, 2 p.m. $9-$18. Through Oct. 25. The Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-7519.