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Laura Donney

  • Calendar July 12-18

    14 hours ago

    SAT | JUL 12

    “FAMILY PLANNING” WORLD PREMIERE

    Nevermind 20-somethings moving back in with their parents — let’s talk about parents moving in with their married daughter. When New Age-Jewish-Buddhist Larry and his narcissistic ex-wife Diane lose their second spouses and most of...

  • Calendar: July 5–July 11

    6 days ago

    SAT JUL 5

    ZETZ KLEZMER ENSEMBLE

    It’s been a while since we’ve had klezmer on the calendar, hasn’t it? Well you’re in luck — these musicians are doing their part to set Jewish music back 100 years. While embracing the Eastern European tradition, the group engages all genre...

  • Calendar June 28 - July 4

    2 weeks ago

    SAT | JUN 28

    JOANNA RAKOFF

    So many writers, so little time. In her new book, “My Salinger Year,” Rakoff tells of her own literary journey, beginning with the prized position of assistant to J.D. Salinger’s agent. A transplant to New York City, Rakoff is tasked with responding...

  • Calendar June 21-27

    3 weeks ago

    SUN | JUN 22

    DANIEL SCHLOSBERG

    A little summer piano is never a bad idea, and with favorable reviews from both the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, the former featured soloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is unlikely to disappoint as he plays a bit of Bach, Debussy...

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  • Calendar June 14-20

    June 11, 2014 | 9:08 am

    SAT | JUN 14

    “CENTRIFUGE”

    There’s really no one way to capture what life in Israel is like. This exhibit, which debuted in New York, features artists who use photography, video, sculpture and work on paper as a way to tap into the complexities and multiplicities of Israeli...

  • Calendar June 1 - August 30

    May 28, 2014 | 11:41 am

    TUE | JUN 3

    “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”

    You’ve seen the banners around the city and we’re here to confirm it: Israel’s favorite son is coming to Los Angeles. Following the triumphs and tribulations of Joseph (son of Jacob and Rachel), the musical is the...

  • Calendar May 24-30

    May 21, 2014 | 10:16 am

    SAT | MAY 24

    “UNKNOWN STORIES OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS”

    The Jewish Women’s Theatre invites you to the world premiere of a show that takes ancient Bible stories and weaves them into music, poetry and plays — modernizing the text. From comparing Eve’s fig leaf to a tattoo, to...

  • Calendar May 17-23

    May 14, 2014 | 9:51 am

    SAT/SUN | MAY 17/18

    BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND

    Big Sunday Weekend continues with every possible volunteer opportunity, from hosting kids-in-need on a harbor ride to repainting and planting gardens at Bethune Middle School to making new friends at a Beverly Hills retirement home....

  • Calendar May 10-16

    May 7, 2014 | 9:58 am

    SAT | MAY 10

    MARK LEIBOVICH

    You’ve seen “Scandal,” “The West Wing” and “House of Cards,” but what is Washington, D.C., politics actually about? In his new book, “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral,” the chief national correspondent for The New York Times gives us the skinny,...

  • Calendar May 3-9

    April 30, 2014 | 9:49 am

    SAT | MAY 3

    PHILIP GLASS/ENSEMBLE: “MUSIC IN TWELVE PARTS,” “ THE ETUDES”

    Maybe you weren’t able to catch the Los Angeles Opera production of “Einstein on the Beach,” and maybe that’s bothering you. Thank goodness Glass has achieved many more musical feats. “Music in Twelve...

  • Calendar: April 26 to May 2

    April 23, 2014 | 10:31 am

    SAT | APR 26

    RUSSELL STEINBERG

    It’s the world premiere of the composer’s new piece, “Cosmic Dust.” Steinberg, who received a doctorate in music from Harvard, currently serves as artistic director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and is winner of an ASCAPLUS Award and Gold...

  • Calendar April 19-25

    April 17, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    SAT | APR 19

    WENDY WALDMAN

    Maybe it’s Coachella, or maybe it’s spring air — but we’ve got a musical week in store for you. Remember Bryndle? One of the 1960s folk-rock bands’ original members is performing tonight. With a long and diverse career, Waldman has written and...

  • Calendar April 12-18

    April 9, 2014 | 9:53 am

    SAT | APR 12

    “CLUELESS”

    As if! For all you ’90s cult-classic types who also have an affection for the 1950s drive-in, this evening will offer you perfect harmony, so fill up the tank and clean the windshield: Amy Heckerling’s tale of the teen is back on the big screen. Take a...

  • Calendar April 5-11

    April 2, 2014 | 12:36 pm

    SAT | APR 5

    “SONGS IN THE KEY OF LOS ANGELES”

    University of Southern California professor Josh Kun has done some digging to bring you little-known songs about, and from, our City of Angels. Using sheet music archives, Kun shares the evolution of song in our city and how those...

  • Calendar: March 29-April 4

    March 26, 2014 | 10:07 am

    SAT | MAR 29

    ARI HERSTAND

    How many album-release shows can you say you’ve attended? If the number is anywhere close to mine, it’s time to get yourself to one. The soft, thoughtful, catchy tunes of Ari Herstand will do the trick. A regular performer with Craig Taubman at Friday...

  • PSA: Cry Out (For Lactose)

    March 24, 2014 | 10:29 am

  • Calendar March 22-28

    March 19, 2014 | 10:40 am

    SAT MAR | 22

    “L.A. DELI”

    Sometimes, you can’t get yourself to a New York deli — or a New York Broadway show, for that matter. Sam Bobrick’s new comedy solves both of these problems. Set in a Hollywood delicatessan, the show is a collage of comedic sketches that outline both the...

  • Calendar March 15-21

    March 12, 2014 | 11:53 am

    SAT | MAR 15

    LEWIS BLACK

    He’s probably yelling, but it’s definitely not at you; it’s with you! The irritated comic is known for his smart, funny, passionate commentary. Maybe you know his “Back in Black” segment on “The Daily Show,” maybe you have his two Grammy-winning comedy...

  • Calendar March 8-14

    March 5, 2014 | 10:21 am

    SAT | MAR 8

    NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

    The award-winning poet is in conversation with reporter Lisa Napoli, and with such a rich career and history, eavesdropping just won’t cut it. An Arab-American who pens peace, heritage and humanitarian spirit, Nye is the author of several books of...

  • Calendar March 1-7

    March 2, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    SUN | MAR 2

    “GIRLS KEEP HAVING FUN”

    Like Cyndi said, it’s all we really want. But throwing in a brunch and four impressive authors wouldn’t hurt either. Start your mid-morning right with Daniel Bergner (“What Do Women Want?”), Yael Kohn (“We Killed : The Rise of Women in...

  • Calendar February 22-28

    February 19, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    SAT | FEB 22

    PEACE OVER VIOLENCE SUMMIT

    Temple Isaiah and First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) are joining forces to remind us all how powerful a bit of peace can be. The program will inclulde prayer, songs and stories. Former gang members, victims of violence and...

  • Calendar February 15-21

    February 12, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    SAT | FEB 15

    “THE WRONG MAN”

    If you’ve ever been interested in an indie-musical inspired by a character in a Johnny Cash song, you can rejoice! Writer and musician Ross Golan uniquely tells the story of a man wrongly accused of the crime committed in “Folsom Prison Blues.” It’s...

  • Calendar February 8-14

    February 5, 2014 | 10:36 am

    SAT | FEB 8

    YIDDISH ART TRIO

    A clarinetist, an accordionist and a bassist walk into a temple — but there is no punch line here, just a great concert. Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell and Benjy Fox-Rosen are three of the top klezmer musicians out there, and they have a new song...

  • Calendar February 1-7

    January 29, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    TUE | FEB 4 

    “OUT OF THE SHADOWS: BIBLICAL WOMEN IN THE PERSIAN PERIOD”

    Tamara Cohn Eskenazi explores the Persian period of the Hebrew Bible not only as an example of reconstruction of Jewish life under Persian rule, but as a moment when women became pronounced participants in...

  • Calendar January 25-31

    January 22, 2014 | 11:20 am

    SAT | JAN 25

    MUSEUMS FREE-FOR-ALL

    Sometimes there is such thing as a free lunch. SoCal Museums is bringing you its ninth annual day of free art and culture, with 20 Southern California museums banding together to get you through their doors. From the Skirball to LACMA, to the...

  • Calendar: January 18-24

    January 15, 2014 | 10:09 am

    SAT | JAN 18

    PINCHAS ZUKERMAN

    The acclaimed violinist conducts one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious orchestras through some Bach, Schoenberg and Brahms. Born in Tel Aviv, Zukerman trained at Juilliard before playing with the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York...

  • Calendar: January 11-17

    January 8, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    SAT | JAN 11

    CINDY CHUPACK

    She’s a screenwriter who has offered you her biting observations and keen advice through the voices of some of your favorite TV characters, from “Sex and the City” to “Modern Family.” But, if you’re not watching as much television as the rest of us,...

  • Jan. 4-10, 2014

    January 3, 2014 | 10:33 pm

    SAT | JAN 4

    ILIZA SHLESINGER

    She’s the first female and youngest comedian to win NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She’s had a half-hour special on “Comedy Central Presents,” she’s worked with “Pauly Shore & Friends” on Showtime, Chelsea Handler on E!, Joel McHale on “The Soup” and...

  • Calendar: December 21-January 3

    December 19, 2013 | 11:17 am

    MON | DEC 23

    WOODY ALLEN AND HIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND

    Forget the movies — the man is making music. With more than 35 years of bringing New Orleans-inspired music to audiences all over the world, the band has mastered creating the sounds Allen has loved since childhood,...

  • Calendar Dec 14-20

    December 11, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    SAT | DEC 14

    “RE-EMERGING: THE JEWS OF NIGERIA”

    Shmuel Tikvah, a young Nigerian, heard time and time again about the Igbo people, who claim descent from ancient Israelites. Research at an Internet cafe leads him on a quest to find this Nigerian Jewish community, which keeps...

  • Calendar December 7-13

    December 5, 2013 | 10:01 am

    SAT | DEC 7

    THE KLEZMATICS

    The old country just got a little newer. Taking traditional sounds and themes and infusing them with some modern funk, the Grammy-winning band brings rhythm and timeless spirit to its audiences. With 25 years of experience and a growing fan base, the...

  • Calendar November 30-December 6

    November 26, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    SUN | DEC 1

    CLIPPERS JEWISH HERITAGE DAY 

    A Chanukah miracle couldn’t hurt as the Clippers face off against the top-ranked Indiana Pacers. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Cantor Nathan Lam opens the game with the singing of the national anthem. There will also be a menorah lighting, a...

  • Holiday preview calendar

    November 25, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    MON | DEC 2

    HA HA Hanukkah

    If you like to laugh and hear happy Chanukah songs, then this is the show for you. It will be a special night of funny people, including Stephanie Blum, Jimmy Brogan and Mark Schiff. Hosted by Kenny Ellis, who has long made it a mission to marry the...

  • Calendar November 23-29

    November 20, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    SAT | NOV 23

    “SARAH SILVERMAN: WE ARE MIRACLES”

    It might mean sharing someone’s television or it might mean sharing someone’s HBO GO, but the Jewess of comedy is set to headline her first HBO comedy special, and it’s your job to watch. The program, which will be presented in...

  • Calendar November 16-22

    November 13, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    SAT | NOV 16

    DIY DAYS @ THE SKIRBALL

    Learn, do and share — be a part of sustainable Los Angeles. Come hear about projects that are having local and global impacts from passionate speakers. Presenters include Elizabeth Stewart, founder and CEO of Hub Los Angeles; Nirvan Mullick,...

  • Calendar November 9-15

    November 6, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    SUN | NOV 10

    AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY

    Siblings Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs, survivors of Kristallnacht, will share their experience and discuss their memoir, “An Uncommon Journey,” during the Museum of Tolerance’s Kristallnacht commemoration. A book signing will follow. Advanced...

  • Calendar: November 2-8

    October 30, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    SAT | NOV 2

    “WINE, WOMEN & COMEDY”

    In honor of Rosh Chodesh, a holiday dedicated to women, tonight’s performance is dedicated to the women who make us laugh. Hilarious, poignant and risqué, these comedians make up the SheBREWS — eight fabulous female comics who dominate the...

  • Calendar: October 26-November 1

    October 23, 2013 | 11:48 am

    SAT | OCT 26

    “A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER”

    John Malkovich and Julian Sands collaborate on a personal and unusual tribute to one of the most influential British dramatists of the 20th century. The Nobel Prize-winning playwright is responsible for “Betrayal,” “The French...

  • Calendar: October 19-25

    October 16, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    SAT | OCT 19

    ANNIE KORZEN

    Forget the “Seinfeld” reruns, and come laugh live! “Tales From the Mouth: Failures, Fiascos & Other Triumphs” will get you giggling, guffawing and getting it. Whether you love Korzen for her role as Doris Klompus, her National Public Radio humor or as...

  • Calendar: October 11-17

    October 9, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    SAT | OCT 12

    “THE HEBREW HILLBILLY”

    Yeehaw! Shelley Fisher’s Hollywood journey begins in Memphis, Tenn. — and growing up Jewish in the Deep South with dreams of performing can make for a colorful childhood. This one-woman musical show, with 14 original songs by Fisher, Kenneth...

  • Sept. 28–Oct. 4

    September 24, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    SAT | SEP 28

    “THE GUARDSMAN”

    If you thought your beautiful new spouse was cheating on you, wouldn’t you create a disguise and test her fidelity? Ferenc Molnar’s comic game of love and marriage may or may not remind you of you and yours, but with wit and deception aplenty, it’ll...

  • Calendar September 21–27

    September 18, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Click here for our 2013 Sukkot event calendar.

    SAT | SEP 21

    “OY!”

    Written with honesty, curiosity and humor by Hélène Cixous, “Oy” follows sisters Selma and Jenny as they return home to Paris after a trip to their German hometown to testify about the horrors they endured...

  • Sukkot Calendar 2013

    September 18, 2013 | 11:18 am

    SUN | SEPT 22

    SUKKOT FAMILY FUN DAY

    Get your harvesting on in Malibu! The Shalom Institute is offering a day filled with organic gardening, ziplining, nature walks and music. Families can also indulge in arts and crafts and meet animals in the Pinat Chai Animal Center. Kosher...

  • Calendar: September 14–20

    September 12, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    MON | SEP 16

    “THE JEWISH IMMIGRANT IN WORLD CINEMA”

    It’s no secret: as a people, we wander. Lawrence Baron discusses the various migrations of Jews in world history and how global cinema has portrayed these movements. Author of “The Wandering View: Modern Jewish Experiences in...

  • Fall preview arts and entertainment calendar 2013

    September 6, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    FRI | SEP 6

    “MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK”

    How well can you ever really know your family? If you are Jonathan Holiff, there is only one option — perpetual discovery. Following his father Saul’s suicide, Holiff finds hundreds of letters, audio diaries and recorded phone calls...

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    September 3, 2013 | 5:31 pm

    SAT SEPT 7

    GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST

    It’s pie. Pie! Join KCRW and the upper crust of L.A.’s baking scene as pies are imagined, created and then deliciously devoured. “Good Food’s” Evan Kleinman hosts an afternoon of fruit, nut, cream, silk, savory, vegan and LACMA art-inspired...

  • Aug. 31-Sept 6

    August 28, 2013 | 10:56 am

    SAT AUG 31

    “BETWEEN DARKNESS AND LIGHT”

    For Selichot this year, share in a unique experience of drama, prayer, music and meditation. Theatre Dybbuk, a modern theater group devoted to exploring Jewish myth, folklore and wisdom, joins with clergy to ring in the New Year with a...

  • Aug. 24-30

    August 21, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    SAT AUG 24

    FARED SHAFINURY

    This Iranian-American knows a thing or two about uniting sounds. Along with his Texas-based ensemble, Shafinury creates music that not only denies geography, but also time. He combines Iranian, Indian, Mexican and Texan sounds with modern electronic...

  • Aug. 17-22

    August 14, 2013 | 3:34 pm

    SAT | AUG 17

    NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY

    With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, let us pay tribute to the busy bees that have long contributed to our delicious New Year’s tradition. HoneyLove, an urban beekeeper group, celebrates honeybees with the 2013 theme “Beekeeping — Ask...

  • Aug. 10-16

    August 7, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    SAT AUG 10

    MOSTLY KOSHER

    Celebrate Jewish culture with Southern California-based klezmer band Mostly Kosher’s bandleader and singer Leeav Sofer and Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin. They perform songs and stories from across the globe as part of the...