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Laura Donney

  • Calendar: June 20-26

    June 17, 2015 | 11:49 am

    SAT | JUNE 20

    ELECTRIC DUSK DRIVE-IN SERIES

    Jewish directors every which way! This super-cool venue’s summer film schedule continues with some of our favorite visionary filmmakers. From “The Big Lebowski” (Coen Brothers) to “E.T.” and “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost...

  • Calendar: June 13-19

    June 10, 2015 | 11:24 am

    SAT | JUNE 13

    RUTH WEISBERG

    Come celebrate this contemporary L.A. artist with her new exhibition, “Reflections Through Time.” Comprising many pieces from her established career, the exhibition includes mixed-media paintings, drawings and lithographs. Weisberg, whose work...

  • Calendar: June 6–June 12

    June 3, 2015 | 5:04 pm

    SAT | JUNE 6

    “ON TIDY ENDINGS”

    Is this grief big enough for the two of us? That’s the issue between a gay man and a straight woman who meet to tie up loose ends after the death of the man they both loved. Set in 1987, Harvey Fierstein’s one-act play, part of his “Safe Sex”...

  • Los Angeles Summer Events: May 30 – August 30

    June 2, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    SAT | MAY 30

    DUDAMEL, DESSNER AND GLASS

    In addition to two major premieres commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic from Bryce Dessner (half of indie rock favorite The National) and minimalist composer Philip Glass, there will be two string quartets and a performance of the...

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  • Calendar: May 30–June 5

    May 27, 2015 | 1:56 pm

    SAT | MAY 30

    AUTOMATIC TOYS FEATURING NACHUM PETERSEIL

    Madonna may have said it best: “Music makes the people come together.” Well, at this downtown L.A. interfaith concert, that’s what it will do. This Canadian duo mixes electronic rock with Middle Eastern vibes and encourages...

  • Calendar May 23–29

    May 21, 2015 | 2:45 pm

    SAT | MAY 23

    NEIL DIAMOND

    Sweet Caroline, we’re in for a treat! An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honoree at the Kennedy Center and a Grammy winner, Neil Diamond has been warming our hearts for decades. You know you love “Song...

  • May 17-22

    May 14, 2015 | 4:40 pm

    SUN MAY 17

    CELEBRATE ISRAEL FESTIVAL

    It’s that time of year again, and to celebrate Israel’s 67th year of independence, Rancho Park transforms itself into the Holy Land for a day. This year’s “Jerusalem of Gold” theme lets attendees visit various mock sites of Jerusalem,...

  • Calendar: May 9-15, 2015

    May 7, 2015 | 3:16 pm

    SAT | MAY 9

    13”

    A hilarious coming-of-age musical about discovering that “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it, “13” — Panic! Productions’ hit production of Jason Robert Brown’s musical — follows Evan Goldman as he moves from New York City to a small Indiana town. While...

  • Calendar May 2-8

    April 30, 2015 | 10:01 am

    MON | MAY 4 - THU | MAY 7
    
    LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
    
    With screening upon screening and Q-and-A upon Q-and-A, the options for the 2015 L.A. Jewish Film Festival are big on quantity
    and quality. There are North American and West Coast premieres and films ranging from thrillers...
  • Calendar: April 25 - May 1

    April 23, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    SAT | APRIL 25

    A MATTER OF SIZE”

    Go big or go home! In partnership with Menemsha Films, the Beit T’Shuvah Film Series, a presentation of six films over nine months that in some way deal with important personal issues, kicks off with a big comedy that will provide a belly’s...

  • April 18-24

    April 16, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    SAT | APRIL 18

    “WESTWOOD VILLAGE FINE ART FESTIVAL”

    It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a Westwood Village to raise an artist. It’s the second day of the three-day art festival presenting the fine works of crafters, painters, sculptors, sketchers, etchers and...

  • Calendar: April 11-17

    April 8, 2015 | 11:02 am

    MON | APRIL 13

    “BOOKS ’N’ BRUNCH”

    It’s another kind of “bnb.” Matthew Friedman, associate regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will speak about anti-Semitism around the world and here at home at Brandeis University’s annual fundraising event. Joining Friedman is...

  • Calendar: April 3–10

    April 2, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    FRI | APRIL 3

    “PASSAGES”

    Chronicling the history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies, the traveling exhibition “Passages” features about 400 artifacts set against immersive environments like the caves of Qumran and the Jerusalem...

  • Calendar March 28-April 3

    March 25, 2015 | 10:44 am

    SAT | MARCH 28

    DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST

    Whether by Kindle or by candle, people were reading long before they were tweeting. This year, the Music Center is celebrating the biggest coalition of locally based authors and publishers. The day features all kinds of activities and readings,...

  • Calendar March 21-27

    March 18, 2015 | 11:47 am

    SAT | MARCH 21

    “UNCUFFED”

    Jewish Women’s Theatre presents the world premiere of “Uncuffed,” a salon theater experience with stories, short plays and music exploring what it means to be free, and how we break the ties that bind us when we are not. Narratives include a bat...

  • Calendar March 14-20

    March 11, 2015 | 10:26 am

    SAT | MARCH 14

    GALEET DARDASHTI

    “Monajat” is the most recent multisensory piece by the esteemed artist. “Monajat” is inspired by old, haunting recordings of the Jewish prayers of Selichot. Reinventing the deep and reflective musical ritual of Selichot with digital technology,...

  • Calendar: March 7-13

    March 4, 2015 | 10:35 am

    SAT | MAR 7

    “TIGER BY THE TAIL”

    When a middle-age therapist starts a correspondence with a young Jewish prisoner, the therapist gets much more than he could have anticipated. Frawley Becker’s drama, directed by Jules Aaron, is a look at the unlikely relationship that can...

  • Calendar: February 28 - March 6

    February 25, 2015 | 9:58 am

    SAT | FEB 28

    YALE STROM & HOT PSTROMI

    There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the shortest month than with some heartwarming klez-tastic tunes. The band, which got its start more than 30 years ago, uses violin, bass, flute, accordion, vocals and more to bring that Eastern...

  • Calendar: February 21-27

    February 18, 2015 | 9:50 am

    SAT | FEB 21

    “RELIEF”

    David Abir’s solo exhibition culminates in this final installation, and even if you haven’t seen the first three parts of the series, “Relief” isn’t to be missed. Based around a fictional historical narrative, the piece is like a visual-architectural...

  • Calendar February 14-20

    February 11, 2015 | 11:16 am

    SAT | FEB 14

    “THE LAST FIVE YEARS”

    It’s the cinematic adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s celebrated musical comedy-drama. Starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, the film is the story of a struggling actress and her lover, a Jewish novelist. Through powerful and candid songs,...

  • Calendar: February 7-13

    February 4, 2015 | 9:42 am

    SAT | FEB 7

    NEIL SEDAKA

    Neil Sedaka sings, composes, plays piano and writes (“Laughter in the Rain: My Own Story”) and has been in the spotlight — always exercising at least one of these skills — for more than 50 years. He’s sold millions of records and co-written more than 500...

  • Calendar: January 31st - February 6th

    January 28, 2015 | 11:00 am

    SAT | JAN 31

    STAN LEE

    You know those previews and billboards for comic-book franchises that keep popping up? The man we have to thank is Stan Lee, and for lots of fathers, sons, nephews and brothers (mine included), he is very important. Lee is the man behind Marvel and such...

  • Calendar January 24-30

    January 21, 2015 | 10:57 am

    SAT | JAN 24

    “HE SAID … SHE SAID”

    It’s the most common kind of hearsay around. The Jewish Women’s Theatre presents its newest salon, an exploration of the different versions we have of the things that happen to us, big and small. From a husband and wife recounting their first...

  • Calendar January 17-23

    January 14, 2015 | 11:11 am

    SAT | JAN 17

    “KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL”

    Featuring internationally renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel, this concert-with-commentary includes not only delightful music, but also a captivating dialogue preceding piano masterpieces. Tonight’s performance, “The...

  • Calendar January 10-16

    January 7, 2015 | 9:55 am

    SAT | JAN 10

    GENE KELLY: THE LEGACY — AN EVENING WITH PATRICIA WARD KELLY

    Did you know Gene Kelly spoke Yiddish and was a Shabbos goy? If you think that’s surprising, there’s a lot more to learn about this legendary actor, director and choreographer. Patricia Kelly — his widow,...

  • Calendar January 3-9

    December 29, 2014 | 9:18 pm

    SAT | JAN 3
     
    NINA SHALLMAN
     
    Attention, people who enjoy the warm, strong vocals of female artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones and Joni Mitchell: Nina Shallman is here to carry on the tradition of lady crooners. A singer-songwriter and poet, Shallman started...
  • Calendar: December 20 - January 2

    December 17, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    SAT | DEC 20

    SHABBAT EXPERIENCE FOR FAMILIES

    Finally, a Chanukah-themed Shabbat. This is truly a treat for families with school-age kids and crafty attitudes. Participants will get to enjoy crafts, songs, a cooking project and more, all relating to our favorite winter holiday....

  • Calendar December 13-19

    December 10, 2014 | 11:14 am

    SAT | DEC 13

    “MIDDLE EAST COMIC RELIEF” 

    Maybe the best way to achieve peace is to laugh our way there. Comedy troupe Sultans of Satire bring the funny to benefit the Levantine Cultural Center, the only Middle Eastern and North African cultural center in the Southland. Hosted...

  • Calendar: December 6-12

    December 3, 2014 | 10:08 am

    SUN | DEC 7

    JACOB EBRIANI & JENIK COOK GALLERY OPENING

    Spice up your Sunday with a little artistic flair. American Art Award winners Jacob Ebriani and Jenik Cook are showcasing their masterpieces to the public. Ebriani chooses to make art a spiritual act — a sur-naturalist, his...

  • Calendar: November 29-December 5

    November 25, 2014 | 9:12 am

    SAT | NOV 29

    “REASONS TO LIVE”

    It was chosen by the Cape Cod Times as a Favorite Play of 2012 when it was staged at the Provincetown Theater, and now it’s having its Los Angeles premiere. In Meryl Cohn’s play, Jane Silverstein has to deal with a runaway groom, a pajama-wearing...

  • Calendar: Holiday preview 2014

    November 21, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    FRI | NOV 28

    “THE COMEDIC GENIUS OF RODNEY DANGERFIELD”

    Have some respect! Curated with the help of Rodney Dangerfield’s widow, Joan, this temporary exhibit offers an intimate look into the iconic career of a comedy favorite. Featuring the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Comedy...

  • Calendar November 22-28

    November 19, 2014 | 11:42 am

    SAT | NOV 22

    “HANNAH AND HER SISTERS”

    If you think your family’s Thanksgiving dinners are complicated, just consult this Woody Allen classic. The 1986 film tells the story of Hannah (Mia Farrow), her husband, Elliot (Michael Caine), and the infidelities and lives of a...

  • Calendar November 15-21

    November 12, 2014 | 10:15 am

    SAT | NOV 15

    “THREADS THAT BIND: A CULTURAL IDENTITY”

    This one is for all you close-knitters, weavers, crocheters and fiber enthusiasts! Curated by Anne Hromadka, this exhibit explores the importance of textile and fiber arts through a Jewish lens. Featuring work from artists...

  • Calendar: November 8-14

    November 5, 2014 | 11:24 am

    SAT | NOV 8

    PINK’S HOT DOGS FOR SALE

    To commemorate its 75th anniversary, this favorite local eatery will be hosting “Chili Dogs for Charity” — 75 cents per dog for 75 minutes every night for one week. All proceeds go to a different charity each night. This week, you can...

  • Calendar November 1-7

    October 29, 2014 | 9:50 am

    SAT | NOV 1/SUN | NOV 2

    “DAY OF THE DEAD”

    Oh, how quickly love becomes — something else. Years ago, in the cornfields of Mexico, a young man and woman fell into a passionate romance. Now old and living in Los Angeles on Olvera Street, the man is tricked into temptation for...

  • Calendar October 25-31

    October 22, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    SAT | OCT 25 
     
    B.J. NOVAK 
     
    While a book with the title “A Book With No Pictures” might initially sound like a turn off to children, this former “The Office” writer and actor guarantees a good time for both kids and parents. Demanding that every single word on...
  • Calendar: October 18-24

    October 14, 2014 | 10:09 am

    SAT | OCT 18/SUN | OCT 19

    STEVE ISSERLIS

    Hello, cello! He’s not The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, but this is a British import we’re just as happy to welcome. Recognized worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and author, Isserlis has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, the...

  • Calendar Oct. 11-17

    October 7, 2014 | 10:44 am

    SUN | OCT 12

    “PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ”

    If you’re a senior or a boomer and are looking for a Roaring ’20s-themed afternoon filled with comedians, music, fun décor, video clips and Fred Astaire, you’re in luck. Celebrate the third year of “Senior Comedy Afternoons” — for seniors, by...

  • Calendar: October 4-10

    October 1, 2014 | 9:50 am

    SAT | OCT 4

    “BETTER”

    Who says Los Angeles isn’t a theater town? When Annie returns to her Midwest childhood home to escape her less-than-blissful married life and visit her dying father, drama unfolds. With family and old friends around, secrets are revealed, wine is consumed,...

  • Calendar September 27 - October 3

    September 23, 2014 | 9:35 am

    SAT | SEP 27

    “BRONIES! THE MUSICAL”

    Ever felt isolated by a passion? Maybe embarrassed, but also complete and whole? In this original musical about three guys who connect over their love for the “My Little Pony” franchise, there’s nothing wrong with liking what you like, and...

  • Calendar: Fall preview Sept. 26 - Nov. 23

    September 18, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    FRI | SEPT 26

    “THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU”

    Based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel with the same title, the book tells the story of Judd Foxman, returning home to sit shivah for his late father. Citing legal clearances, the film has altered the Foxman name to a less overtly Jewish...

  • Calendar Sept. 20-26

    September 17, 2014 | 10:59 am

    SAT | SEP 20

    JASON SEGEL

    He’s the biggest kid around, and he’s got a book for you! Whether or not you’re into dreams, “Nightmares!” is for everyone. This actor, writer and musician — who you know from the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” the TV show “How I Met Your Mother”...

  • Calendar Sept 13-19

    September 10, 2014 | 10:33 am

    SAT | SEPT 13

    “RAGING JEWS OF COMEDY”

    Are you ready to rage? With Jews? Of Comedy? Featuring some of this generation’s edgiest comics, the stage will offer two hours of insightful, side-splitting and more than your run-of-the-mill Borscht Belt humor. This evening’s lineup...

  • Calendar September 6-12

    September 3, 2014 | 10:14 am

    SAT | SEP 6

    “FOR EXPORT ONLY”

    The Shulamit Gallery is bringing you a group exhibition featuring four contemporary Iranian artists — Shahab Fotouhi, Sanaz Mazinani, Mamali Shafahi and Kamran Sharif  —together (though independently) exploring their cultural identity and...

  • Calendar Aug. 30 - Sept. 5

    August 27, 2014 | 9:55 am

    SAT | AUG 30

    DAN LEVY

    Mr. Levy knows how to take any old anecdote and turn it into a polished and quirky punch line. He’s a little bit Jerry Seinfeld, a little bit Aziz Ansari (just go with it), and he got his start during his sophomore year of college when he won the Funniest...

  • Calendar August 23-29

    August 20, 2014 | 10:07 am

    SAT | AUG 23

    RACHEL DEWOSKIN

    Emma Sasha Silver is only 15 when she loses her eyesight in a terrible accident in DeWoskin’s young adult debut,“Blind.” On top of having to relearn basic functions, the teen is also confronted with untangling the apparent suicide of a fellow...

  • Calendar August 16-22

    August 13, 2014 | 10:05 am

    SAT | AUG 16

    “BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS”

    It’s a big night for Broadway’s home away from home — Hollywood! Under the direction of David Galligan and the musical direction of Gerald Sternbach, some of the stage’s best will perform some stage favorites. Showstoppers include Tony...

  • Calendar August 9-15

    August 6, 2014 | 10:32 am

    SAT | AUG 9

    “THE GOOD DOCTOR”

    Neil Simon’s play is a treat for anyone who likes comedy, music and Anton Chekhov. As a writer suffering from creative blockage, our nameless protagonist narrates several of his stories to his audience. With titles that include “The Sneeze,”...

  • Calendar August 2-8

    July 30, 2014 | 9:59 am

    SAT | AUG 2

    “THE MUSIC OF JEWISH COMPOSERS”

    Say “Bravo” to the 11th annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival! Temple Emanuel and Greystone Mansion host a week and a half of concerts and programs that celebrate sounds from all over. Tonight’s festivities focus on a...

  • Calendar July 26 - August 1

    July 23, 2014 | 9:40 am

    SAT | JUL 26

    NATIONAL DANCE DAY

    Put on your horah shoes and grab a partner! The Music Center and Grand Park join forces with the Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organization co-founded by Nigel Lythgoe and artist and dancer Adam Shankman, for the West Coast’s flagship celebration of...

  • Calendar July 19-25

    July 16, 2014 | 9:09 am

    SAT | JUL 19

    STORY PIRATES

    If your family’s collective imagination is in need of some nourishment, the Skirball has a group of guests you won’t want to miss. This bunch of actors and teaching artists offer an interactive kid- (and parent-) friendly storytelling experience —...

  • Calendar July 12-18

    July 9, 2014 | 9:29 am

    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

    July 3, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    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

    June 25, 2014 | 10:34 am

    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

    June 18, 2014 | 9:14 am

    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...

  • 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...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks:

    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...

  • Aug. 3-9

    August 1, 2013 | 10:37 am

    SUN AUG 4

    “WHAT MAKES A JEWISH MOVIE?”
     
    It’s the question on everybody’s mind — well, at least ours. Presented in association with the exhibition “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic,” the program features Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan and Vincent Brook, media...
  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 27-Aug. 2

    July 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    SAT JULY 27

    “AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO”

    The Marx man is back. Almost. Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante re-creates his PBS portrayal of the famous comedian. The evening will include some of the best Groucho anecdotes and songs, like “Hooray for Captain...

  • July 20–26

    July 17, 2013 | 11:30 am

    SAT JULY 20

    LOVEFEST

    Isn’t February just too far away? Valentine’s Day comes early courtesy of East Side Jews, Jewlicious and Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Celebrate Tu b’Av, the Jewish Day of Love, and say hello to the first night of the rest of your life. With food trucks, a...

  • July 13-19

    July 10, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    SAT JULY 13

    “SONGFEST SINGS AMERICA: CELEBRATING LEONARD BERNSTEIN”

    Celebrating America’s great composer, SongFest 2013 partners with Grand Performances to present a concert, the centerpiece of which will be the unpublished “Songfest: A Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers...

  • July 6–12

    July 2, 2013 | 11:06 am

    SUN JULY 7

    KLEZMER JUICE

    Join Gustavo Bulgach as he leads his band in a unique exploration of gypsy jazz, old European street songs and Jewish folk music. Representing a new generation of musicians reviving some ancient rhythmic traditions, Klezmer Juice will make noise that...

  • Publisher brings Jewish wisdom to a Web site or e-book near you

    May 4, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    The rush of publishers into the e-book market became a tidal wave when Microsoft announced last week it was investing close to $300 million in e-textbooks.

    The Jewish world, not surprisingly, is joining in.

    Rethink Partners Publishing has introduced Sinai Live Books, an imprint...

  • Save Darfur - I Mean It

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Do not stand idly by. Save Darfur."

    More than once a person has looked at this statement printed on the green wristband that I wear on my right arm. Usually, they read it unenthusiastically and then disregard it. But occasionally, someone asks what it means, and I am quick to...

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