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Events Calendar
April 18, 2008


One of the most widely observed Jewish customs is the Passover seder. Another wonderful tradition is to celebrate the second night’s seder with your community. There are so many opportunities, we simply cannot fit them all in this Calendar. The following is a small sampling of the many community feasts being held across Los Angeles:

  • Passover Festival of Freedom Seder at Temple Beth Torah, April 20, (805) 647-4181
  • Passover Celebration at Temple Ner Tamid of Downey, April 20, (562) 861-9276
  • Community Seder at Chabad Thousand Oaks Jewish Center, April 20, (805) 497-9339
  • Second Night Seder at Pacific Jewish Center (a.k.a. The Shul on the Beach), April 20, (310) 392-8749
  • Family Passover Seder at Milken Jewish Community Center, April 24, (818) 464-3283

Check our extensive online calendar for dozens more community seder listings at ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>new documentary disputing Darwinian claims and making a case for intelligent design. The lawyer, Nixon speechwriter, game show host (remember “Win Ben Stein’s Money”?) and author ventured into the heart of “big science” academia to explore the politics underlying the theological/scientific debate. “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” takes on Darwin, the existence of God and the consequences for scientists who openly struggle with reason and faith. Opens this weekend nationwide. Check local listings for theater locations and show times. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.calparks.org.


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You won’t find Milt Wagonman and partner Marty “the X is silent” Sloyxne on Wikipedia’s extensive list of Jewish American writers. That’s because the infamous 90-year-old duo, who have done everything from stalking America’s greatest comics to nailing themselves to the Hollywood sign in an attempt to get discovered, are the fictional creations of real-life writing partners Tom Leopold and Bob Sand. The successful television writers (“Seinfield,” “Cheers,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Full House”) will be reading selections from and signing their outrageous mockumentary-style book, “Milt & Marty: The Longest Lasting & Least Successful Comedy Writing Duo in Showbiz History.” Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 260-9110.


Even people with two left feet can appreciate the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies program, “Dance in Israel: A Historical Perspective.” Nina S. Spiegel, visiting assistant cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.angelicaffe.com/upcomingEvents.html.


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Prepare your ears for a melodic serenade of modern and classical chamber music performed by the Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, returning by popular demand to the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles. Indulge your passion for music and let the scores written by Milhaud, Martinu, Newman, Brahms and Bennett clear your head for the remainder of the workweek. Watch as Maria Newman sweeps the bow of the violin across its wooden body. Other talents include Wendy Prober-Cohen on piano and Amanda Walker on clarinet. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $10 (in advance), $15 (at the door). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.cerritoscenter.com.


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Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein were shrewd businesswomen who built and ruled the U.S. cosmetics industry in the early 20th century. The social-climbing Jewish immigrants, who were vicious rivals, pioneered extravagant packaging of beauty products, celebrity endorsements and the branding of skincare as a pseudo-science. “The Powder & the Glory” is a documentary that explores the immigrant dream, women as “self-made men,” and the role of Jews in the fashion industry. Co-writer and director Arnie Reisman will be present at the screening tonight. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free (members), $6 (students), $10 (general). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.whittier.edu/.


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Leave your preconceptions and prejudices at the door and open yourself to the vibrancy and tenderness reflected in Lebanese art and culture. In an effort to depict the softer side of a nation often associated with violence and squalor, the Levantine Cultural Center is hosting an Evening of Lebanese Culture, a salon-style gathering with native artists and literary figures. Elias Khoury, New York University professor, prolific novelist, literary critic and playwright, as well as musician Tony Khalife and author Saree Makdisi will gather to celebrate the rich cultural traditions of a complicated and turbulent country. Fri. 8 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Private location in Venice. (310) 657-5511. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.theoldglobe.org/.


Sate your appetite for scintillating sleight-of-hand as magician David Minkin enchants audiences with his internationally acclaimed close-up tricks. Not only will Minkin deliver world-class entertainment inches from your face, he’ll also stage the perfect date night. Magic and Wine Tasting in Malibu presents a great opportunity to sneak away with your honey to a romantic beachfront setting. Twirl your tongue in the sweetly acidic flavors of various wines and dare to have the kind of night that will satisfy all your senses. April 27. $85. Also, May 4. The Beau Rivage, 26025 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 795-0269.

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