Jewish Journal

Calendar Picks and Clicks June 27–July 3, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Jun. 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Lewis Black signs his new book (see Monday). <small>Photo by Jef Neira</small>

Lewis Black signs his new book (see Monday). Photo by Jef Neira


Sababa goes chic with a new venue for its monthly singles-heavy soiree. Sababa Gold will be held at the decadent 24K Ultra Lounge in West Hollywood, a club that features gilded walls and chandeliers. In contrast, the cover charge and drink prices have taken a modest turn: cover is $15 and all non-premium drinks are $5 until 11 p.m. Sat. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 24K Ultra Lounge, 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 657-6650. www.sababaparties.com.

Broadway legends Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin have created their own theatrical concert with songs by Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim and choreography by fellow Broadway veteran Ann Reinking. “An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin” is a one-week engagement only. Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Through June 29. $30-$120. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.


The less-than-glamorous but lively accordion takes center stage for a raucous evening of freshly squeezed sounds at SqueezeFestLA, presented by the Los Angeles Accordion Festival. Vagabond Opera, Conjunto Los Pochos and Feufollet will each perform their own innovative accordion-centric music. Sun. 5:30 p.m. (pre-show picnic/party), 7:30 p.m. (show). $30-$40. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. www.losangelesaccordionfestival.com.

Emmy-winning television writer and producer Carol Leifer will read excerpts from her book, “When You Lie About Your Age the Terrorists Win,” at a community event benefiting Beit Issie Shapiro, a nonprofit providing services for children with special needs in Israel. A Q-and-A session, activities for children and breakfast are also included in the event, sponsored by the American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro. Sun. 10 a.m.-noon. $75 (per family). Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles.  (310) 801-8558. leiferperformsforbis.eventbrite.com.

Every year the Republican Jewish Coalition throws a California summer bash that draws hundreds of guests. Hosted at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, this year’s summer casual gathering will feature Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and California gubernatorial candidates Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman as guest speakers. Sun. 6 p.m. $125. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 478-0752. www.rjchq.org


Lewis Black, the host of Comedy Central’s “The Root of All Evil” and a regular on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” writes in his recently released book, “Me of Little Faith,” that “If religion has taken over your life and you don’t want to think about it or laugh about it because it will upset you, do me a favor: Don’t read the goddamn book. Ever. And ever. Amen.” Black will be presenting and signing his printed and bound irreverent take on religion at two locations this week: June 29 at 8 p.m. $30 (show and copy of book). Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. And, June 30 at 8 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble, 210 Americana Way, Glendale. (818) 545-9146. www.lewisblack.com/me_of_little_faith.asp.

Frank Gaffney, Avi Schnurr and Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks will share their expertise in Middle East affairs in a talk titled, “The EMP Catastrophe: Proliferating nuclear threats to the U.S., Israel and other allies.” The briefing, co-sponsored by the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, will focus on the seldom-discussed threat of a nuclear electromagnetic-pulse strike — an attack that could destroy the U.S. electrical grid and lead to infrastructure failure. Mon. 7 p.m. $10. Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 704-0523. www.cjhsla.org.


Funnyman Elon Gold is granting L.A. audiences a sneak peak at his work in progress one-man show, “Elon Gold: Half Jewish, Half Very Jewish” before it premieres at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Wed. 8 p.m. $10. Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-1336, ext. 1. www.elongold.com.

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