The city of Malibu honors the surfer girl who helped launch a subculture. This year's One Book, One City – Malibu month celebrates Frederick Kohner's novella, "Gidget." Based on Kohner's daughter, Kathy, "Gidget" the book spawned the Sandra Dee movie, the Sally Field TV show and a surf culture now practically synonymous with Malibu. The kickoff celebration takes place today, with keynote speakers Kathy Kohner and author Deanne Stillman, who wrote the introduction in the book's recent re-issue. Other events are scheduled throughout the month.
3 p.m. Malibu Library, 23519 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu. (310) 456-6438.
Sunday, April 10
Hear cantors and rabbis perform jazz, pop, Broadway and folk numbers at this afternoon's Cure FD Foundation Second Annual Concert and Auction. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and cure of Familial Dysautonomia (FD), a progressive, degenerative, neurological, fatal and genetic disease carried by 1 in 27 Jews of Central or Eastern European descent. Today's event supports their efforts.
It's a Hoodios kind of week. Saturday, April 9, check out the Hip Hop Hoodio's Long Beach concert at the Alpert JCC, then, on Sunday, April 10, see the Latino-Jewish urban collective live at the Joint on Pico Boulevard. Today, combat withdrawal symptoms by purchasing their new CD, "Agua Pa' La Gente," which features cameos from Jaguares, Santana and the Klezmatics.
The ancient scriptures have gotten with the 21st century. Voices of Heritage has produced what they say is the first audio CD box set of the Torah. The elegantly packaged 13-CD set contains recordings of the five books of Moses read in Hebrew by Israeli narrator Omer Frenkel.
Peter Himmelman gets you over hump day this month. The son-in-law of Bob Dylan and acclaimed musician in his own right has a new album out, titled, "Imperfect World," and also performs his spiritually tinged pop/rock songs at Cinema Bar in Los Angeles on Wednesdays, April 13 and 20.
Willy Wonka and Mr. Spock converse tonight, as the Writers Bloc presents Gene Wilder in conversation with Leonard Nimoy. They'll discuss Wilder's new memoir, "Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art."
Get an amen or two this evening at Temple Shalom for the Arts' multicultural interfaith service, aimed at uniting the Jewish and African American communities through our shared heritage of exodus from slavery. Rabbi David Baron leads the service that will incorporate gospel and Hebrew music by two choirs: West Angeles Church of God in Christ Choir and the Tova Marcos Singers. Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles will also participate.
8 p.m. Free (includes refreshments following the service). The Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 444-7500
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