January 19, 2020

Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Oct. 18-24: World Music Days, Sukkot, election debates


As a writer, Daniel Pearl would have understood that there is a universal language that it is spoken not with words, but through song. To honor the memory of the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in Pakistan, thousands of music events around the world are being dedicated in his name. “Daniel Pearl ” target=”_blank”>http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org.


Travel to the woods on the outskirts of Geneva as two nuclear disarmament negotiators — one American and one Russian — try to outdo each another. “A Walk in the Woods,” a 1988 play by Lee Blessing, was nominated for both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Still relevant today, it has been called “a work of passion and power with the ring of political truth” and is sure to provide fodder for discussion, as well as plenty of laughs. Sat. 7:30-10 p.m. $12-$16. (Oct. 19 at Westside JCC). Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, 14701 Friar St., Van Nuys. (818) 786-6310. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.

Susan Nathan was born in England, spent time in apartheid-era South Africa and finally settled in a Palestinian town in Israel. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about the complex sociopolitical atmosphere embedded in places of conflict. The author of “The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish-Arab Divide” will share her personal perspective of “The Israeli Palestinian Reality,” at a gathering sponsored by a host of organizations including The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics and Americans for Peace Now. Following her U.S. speaking tour, Nathan will testify in the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 916-8888. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>it serves as a fundraiser for much-needed camp scholarships. In addition to the carnival, you can compete in the “JCA Iron Mensch” decathlon replete with archery, basketball, ropes courses and arts and crafts, and your entry also benefits the scholarship fund. So grab the family and take a Sukkot adventure over to Malibu, where your admission cost allows you to go back to camp (always fun) and helps someone else go, too. Sun. 1-5 p.m. $10 (carnival), $25 (Iron Mensch sponsorship). Shalom Institute Camp and Conference Center, 34342 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu. (818) 889-5500.
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Unlike other young women in 1950s postwar America, Lizzie Curry doesn’t indulge in thoughts of love. She is struggling to keep her family’s farm alive in the water-starved Western plains. Until something larger than life awakens her dreams. “The Rainmaker,” a three-act play by N. Richard Nash, was a Broadway hit before it was turned into a 1956 film. Now, repertory theater company A Noise Within is bringing the classic back. Sun. 2 p.m. $15-$44. Through Dec. 6. A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 240-0910. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.ajclosangeles.org.


What better way to experience a film than see it and then discuss it with a film historian. “Reel Talk With Stephen Farber” pairs one of the country’s leading film critics with a popular and provocative film and is often followed by a dynamic discussion with an actor, director or producer from the movie. Tonight ” target=”_blank”>http://www.ticketmaster.com.

When Nazi bombings nearly obliterated the Warsaw Zoo, animals scrambled down the street disoriented and disappeared. Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski were devastated by the loss, but used the empty cages and burned-out buildings to hide 300 Jews from the Nazis. In her book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” Diane Ackerman recounts this extraordinary tale of a couple who subverted the Nazis, risking their own lives to nurture what many called “Noah’s Ark.” Ackerman will appear in conversation with Louise Steinman, an author in her own right and the curator of the Library Foundation’s “ALOUD” series. Mon. 7 p.m. Free; reservations recommended. ALOUD at Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org.

There isn’t much time left before voters determine the fate of same-sex marriage in California. If you’re still undecided about Proposition 8 in the upcoming November election, join the discussion “Civil Right or Religious Rite” at the Center for Religious Inquiry, where a panel of religious and legal experts will help audience members understand the role of marriage throughout history while exploring the possibility of same-sex marriage. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $15. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.lapl.org.

Here’s your chance to explore the hidden history of artist Marc Chagall. Kolya Borodulin, assistant director of the Center for Cultural Jewish Life at Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring in New York City, will offer an interpretive framework for Chagall’s early work. The Russian-Belarusian-French-Jewish painter needs little introduction but perhaps some context to his deeply symbolic work will match the vibrancy of his visuals with some intellectual meaning. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.wisela.org.

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