Painting by Eli Lesky
SAT | JULY 19
Their heyday was in the ‘80s, one of their biggest hits was the title song for the Molly Ringwald teen-angst flick, “Pretty in Pink,” and the British new wave band initially called themselves RKO, Radio and The Europeans before settling on The Psychedelic Furs. The group headlines this year’s Justice Ball, Bet Tzedek’s (House of Justice) benefit gala. More than 3,000 generous souls—Jewish and not—show up at this summer bash, which raises money for a nonprofit that provides legal services to people who cannot afford them. Held at an old studio lot in West Hollywood, the well attended schmooze-a-thon includes a silent auction, casino tables, outdoor food café, karaoke lounge, dance club and complimentary dessert bar. Sat. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $75 (general), $100 (at the door) $150 (VIP). The Lot, Santa Monica Boulevard at Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood. (323) 656-0046. http://www.thejusticeball.org.
Beachfront venues in and around the Santa Monica boardwalk are scheduled to “Glow” the night of July 19. The site-specific art event features cutting-edge video, installation art and sounds, all configured into public space to challenge how the public experiences contemporary art. Each project is a variation on the theme of light, luminescence and illumination. French artist Anne Deleporte will produce “Loose Cannon on Deck,” an imaginative installation using the famous two cannons on the boardwalk. Based on “Nuit Blanche” in Paris, the up-all-night art fair “takes its spirit from the fabled grunion that come ashore several times a year to spawn in the sand creating a momentary sensation of iridescence.” Sat. 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Free. Santa Monica Pier and beach. (310) 458-8350 http://www.glowsantamonica.org.
Liami Lawrence, purveyor of the Los Angeles-Israeli party scene is back “after a year of retirement,” during which he’s been developing his role as a press attaché at the Israeli Consulate. Looks like Lawrence has determined it’s still fun to “party with your tribe” on the dance floor even while working on the the consulate’s top floor. At the grand return of Sababa Parties, DJs Ziv and Shay will spin beats from the ‘70s to today with some Israeli and house grooves mixed in for the 21-and-over crowd who can dance until 2 a.m. Sat. 9:30 p.m. $20. Platinum Nightclub, 11345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (310) 657-6650. http://www.sababaparties.com.
Elite Jewish Theatre Singles would like to share “The Gift of Music” with you, and the gift of companionship, too. Join the performance-loving group for a magical night at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring Julie Andrews singing Rodgers and Hammerstein classics from “The Sound of Music,” “The King & I,” “Cinderella” and the musical adaptation of her best-selling children’s book, “Simeon’s Gift.” A communal picnic dinner at the bowl will precede the summer concert. Sat. 7 p.m. (picnic), 8:30 p.m. (concert). $26 (pre-paid reservations only). Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. R.S.V.P. (310) 203-1312 or email@example.com.
SUN | JULY 20
(WINE + ART)
Will a wide variety of kosher wine mitigate the effect of Holocaust art on one’s temperament or intensify it? That depends on your viewing experience of Eli Leskly’s almost cartoon-like drawings of life in Thereisenstadt at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s Kosher Wine Tasting and Presentation of Leskly Collection. Storied and colorful, Leskly’s art depicts a subject of terror with an image that seems sweet. Or, maybe that’s the wine talking. Sun. 5-7 p.m. $125 (single), $200 (pair). William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., E-1, Santa Monica. (323) 651-3704. http://www.lamoth.org.
Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, bells, Middle Eastern percussion, Afro-Cuban sacred bata drums, spirit dancing and yoga—just a few of the things you’ll encounter on “Women’s Drum Day,” an instructive female foray into the art of ritual drumming. Prepare for spirituality, stretching, dancing and meditating with presenters from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Sun. 8:30 a.m. (registration). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $60 (includes lunch). REMO Recreational Music Center, 7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Van Nuys. (818) 353-6628. http://www.remo.com/portal/events/2008-07-20.html.
Based on a true story, Oren Neeman’s “Conviction” is a passionate tale about love and religious persecution during the Spanish Inquisition. An Israeli scholar steals a confidential Inquisition file from modern-day Madrid and is detained by a Spanish official. The two are riveted by the documented story of a converted Spanish priest and his Jewish lover, an affair doomed by the political turbulence of the time. The American premiere of this play, part of the Rubicon International Theatre Festival, stars Israeli American Ami Dayan, who translated and adapted the play from Hebrew with the help of playwright Mark Williams. With a successful five-season run at the National Theatre of Israel, Habima, “Conviction” promises to impress, entertain and touch patrons. Sun. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ventura College, Main Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. Also, Mon. 8 p.m. Calabasas Civic Center Amphitheatre, 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. $42-$47. (805) 667-2900. http://www.ritf.org.
MON | JULY 21
Something about summer makes you nostalgic for your childhood. Maybe it’s the urge to ditch high heels and wear flip-flops to work. Maybe it’s the craving for ice cream in a crispy cone instead of a boring bowl. AFI is also feeling the tug of childhood and is screening a series of movies that’ll surely bring back some early memories. Tonight’s movie, part of the “Teenagers, Muppets, Aliens and Wizards” screenings, is a Steven Spielberg classic that made adults and children alike shed a couple of tears for a homesick alien. “E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial” became a cultural icon that turned “E.T. phone home” into a highly overused catchphrase and 6-year-old Drew Barrymore into a Hollywood starlet. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $11.50. Arclight at Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. http://www.arclightcinemas.com.
TUE | JULY 22
Chronicling these dispossessed young men's meager existence, Haar created the acclaimed vérité film, "9 Star Hotel," which airs tonight on PBS as part of their P.O.V. ("point of view") series. Haar's lens follows two best friends as they work on construction sites by day and hide from the Israeli police by night, living a life of danger, uncertainty, loneliness and hope. Airs on KCET at 10 p.m. http://www.pbs.org/pov/9starhotel.
Acclaimed filmmaker and artist Julian Schnabel is known for his painterly sensibilities and soulful storytelling. In "Lou Reed's Berlin," his latest film since "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Schnabel depicts Lou Reed's dark lament on abusive love in post-war Germany in a glamorous and seductive musical documentary. Filmed over five nights when Reed played at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, set against Schnabel's backdrop recalling the Berlin Wall, along with a seven-piece orchestra and actress Emmanuelle Seigner. Tue. Check local listings for show times. $10. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 281-8223. http://www.landmarktheaters.com/market/LosAngeles/NuartTheatre.htm.
THU | JULY 24
Spice up the summer slowdown at a social gathering combining two great ingredients: business networking and a full bar. The Jewish American Chamber of Commerce, founded two years ago, invites professional types to their Networking and Business Mixer where SoCal's working men and women can take a load off and enjoy chef Eli Tordjman's yummy blend of French and Italian cuisine. Anyone who wants to "work late" can stay for the live jazz afterwards. Thu. 5:30 p.m. $5-$15 (advance), $15-$25 (door). Spazio, 14755 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (866) 257-6117. http://www.lajewishchamber.com.
FRI | JULY 25
Billed as controversial and provocative, "The Accomplices" is the true story of activist Peter Bergson, who railed against the State Department and prominent Jewish leaders to shatter the silence surrounding Hitler's annihilation of Jews in Europe. Written by New York Times political reporter Bernard Weintraub, the play was nominated for the 2007 New York Drama Desk Award for Best New Play and fronts a cast of characters from President Roosevelt to Rabbi Stephen S. Wise. Fri. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 24. $18-$28. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-1525. http://www.fountaintheatre.com.
Sinai Temple's Friday Night Live is raucous and lively and crowded with eager singles searching for their beshert. As an alternative, or perhaps an addition, to this sometimes overwhelming scene, ATID offers intimate Friday night dinners where you can savor a glass of kosher wine and a quiet conversation. Shabbat@Home is hosted every month at a private Westside residence and is geared specifically to young professionals, single or attached, between the ages of 21 and 39. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot at the dinner table early. Fri. 7-10 p.m. $18 (members), $25 (guests). Price includes kosher dinner and wine. Call for location, (310) 481-3244. http://www.atidla.com.
Jina Davidovich contributed to this article
Filmmaker Ido Haar grew up in a village on the edge of a pine forest in Israel. One day, he discovered a secret camp on the other side of that forest—a hideout for thousands of Palestinians who snuck into Israel looking for work.