For April fun and foolin’ head to Temple Beth El’s “Shabbat Across the Peninsula” family picnic. The San Pedro synagogue hopes “to make Temple Beth El the address for inclusive, dynamic and meaningful Reform Jewish life in the South Bay,” according to Rabbi Charles Briskin. Games, music and bring-your-own picnics sound like a heckuva start.
Dennis Miller rants for a good cause tonight. The comedian and five-time Emmy winner headlines a special comedy night at The Improv in Irvine for Autism Speaks, a nonprofit working for autism awareness and research.
This week’s requisite one-person show mention goes to “The Bride Can’t Stop Coughing.” This one features writer and comedian Linda Lichtman waxing nostalgic about her angsty love life, as she prepares to walk down the aisle for the first time at age 55.
8 p.m. (Mondays, through May 8). $20. The Actors Playpen, 1514 Gardner St., Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (310) 560-6063.
Tuesday, April 4
Four courses of innovative holiday dishes paired with wine await you at Herzog Wine Cellars’ Tierra Sur restaurant. Tonight’s Sephardic Passover Wine Seder kicks up the standard Pesach fare several notches. No gefilte fish starter here — try instead a first course of hreimeh, Moroccan spicy fish with red peppers and harisa. Expect more of the same with courses two, three and four; as well as a packet of recipes to take home and start some new traditions of your own.
Billy Joel: Jew/Not a Jew? Blender.com settled the score for us once and for all, in a Q-and-A with the piano man himself. As he tells it, “My parents were both from Jewish families. I was not brought up Jewish in any religious way.... I’m a cultural Jew. I like the Lower East Side humor, the food. I think the Yiddish language is terrifically expressive. Does that make me a complete Jew or a partial Jew? I’m not really sure.” But we are, Billy. We always knew you were our people. Tonight, Joel goes to extremes at the Staples Center.
Los Angeles is a bustling city, and unknown to many inhabitants, a river runs through it. “L.A. River Reborn” is a new exhibition at the Skirball featuring photographs of the waterway that has become the focus of revitalization efforts by community groups as well as the L.A. City Council. Numerous exhibition-related programs will explore the river’s history and its future.
Through Sept. 3. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
John Humble, The Los Angeles River at the Sixth Street Bridge, Los Angeles, 2001 Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles.
Friday, April 7
After finally being restored to its rightful owner after a seven-year court and arbitration battle, Nazi-looted art by Gustav Klimt goes up in a special exhibit at LACMA this week. The five paintings, including the famous piece “Golden Adele,” hung in the Austrian Gallery in Vienna’s Belvedere Castle until the recent decision in favor of 90-year-old Maria Altman, who settled in Los Angeles after she fled the Nazis. She is the niece of the famed “Adele” of Klimt’s painting, and told The Journal she chose LACMA to hold the first exhibition “in gratitude to the City and County of Los Angeles.”
April 4-June 30. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org.
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