October 17, 2008
Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Oct. 18-24: World Music Days, Sukkot, election debates
(WORLD MUSIC DAYS)
As a writer, Daniel Pearl would have understood that there is a universal language that it is spoken not with words, but through song. To honor the memory of the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in Pakistan, thousands of music events around the world are being dedicated in his name. "Daniel Pearl World Music Days" is a series of concerts, workshops and even symphonies promoting cross-cultural understanding through music. This week, the Zimmer Children's Museum is hosting "Harmony for Humanity," with a member of Rhythm Child teaching an interactive drumming workshop; there is also a "World Interfaith Music Concert" at UCLA; and Indian bansuri flute master Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will perform with a group for an evening of classical Indian music. Finally, the music department at Los Angeles Valley College is presenting the Kadima String Quartet. Check the Web site for all the great events throughout the month. Sun., Oct. 19. "Harmony for Humanity." 2:30 p.m. $5-$11. Zimmer Children's Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8989. Wed., Oct. 22. "Kadima String Quartet." 1 p.m. Free. L.A. Valley College Music Department Recital Hall, 7800 Fulton Ave., Valley Village. (818) 780-9596. Thu., Oct. 23. "World Interfaith Music Concert." 12 p.m. Free. Bruin Plaza at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. (310) 208-5055. Also, Thu. "Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's Magical Flutes." 8 p.m. $26.50-$36.50. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org.
SAT | OCTOBER 18
Travel to the woods on the outskirts of Geneva as two nuclear disarmament negotiators -- one American and one Russian -- try to outdo each another. "A Walk in the Woods," a 1988 play by Lee Blessing, was nominated for both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Still relevant today, it has been called "a work of passion and power with the ring of political truth" and is sure to provide fodder for discussion, as well as plenty of laughs. Sat. 7:30-10 p.m. $12-$16. (Oct. 19 at Westside JCC). Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, 14701 Friar St., Van Nuys. (818) 786-6310. http://www.valleycitiesjcc.org.
Pasadena Playhouse is turning the tables on famed advice columnist Ann Landers in "The Lady With All the Answers." It isn't those seeking advice that will be forced to share the most intimate details of their lives. Rather, it is the inner life of the advice columnist herself that will finally be revealed. Mimi Kennedy, most famous for playing the hippie mom on the sitcom "Dharma & Greg," stars. Sat. 4 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 and 7 p.m.; Tue.-Fri. 8 p.m.; $32-$60. Through Nov. 23. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529. http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.
Susan Nathan was born in England, spent time in apartheid-era South Africa and finally settled in a Palestinian town in Israel. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about the complex sociopolitical atmosphere embedded in places of conflict. The author of "The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish-Arab Divide" will share her personal perspective of "The Israeli Palestinian Reality," at a gathering sponsored by a host of organizations including The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics and Americans for Peace Now. Following her U.S. speaking tour, Nathan will testify in the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 916-8888. http://www.snathantour.com.
SUN | OCTOBER 19
Everybody loves Sukkot, because it's one great excuse to throw a Sukkot Carnival. Indeed, there are more in town than we could possibly list, but JCA Shalom's Sukkot Carnival looks particularly good -- cotton candy, water slides, a beautiful drive down PCH (no counting gas mileage on Jewish festivals) -- and it serves as a fundraiser for much-needed camp scholarships. In addition to the carnival, you can compete in the "JCA Iron Mensch" decathlon replete with archery, basketball, ropes courses and arts and crafts, and your entry also benefits the scholarship fund. So grab the family and take a Sukkot adventure over to Malibu, where your admission cost allows you to go back to camp (always fun) and helps someone else go, too. Sun. 1-5 p.m. $10 (carnival), $25 (Iron Mensch sponsorship). Shalom Institute Camp and Conference Center, 34342 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu. (818) 889-5500.
Make no mistake: Director Joel Gilbert believes Israel is on the verge of annihilation. But Gilbert also believes it's the West's and Israel's continued misunderstanding of Islam that lies at the heart of the current crisis in the Middle East. In his new political documentary, "Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran and the Revolt of Islam," Gilbert warnzs that Israel will pay the highest price for the Muslim desire to return to the "glory days." A Q-and-A session with the director will follow the film. Sponsored by the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. Sun. 3 p.m. $5-$15. Temple Ner Maarav, 17730 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. (818) 704-0523. http://www.cjhsla.org.
Unlike other young women in 1950s postwar America, Lizzie Curry doesn't indulge in thoughts of love. She is struggling to keep her family's farm alive in the water-starved Western plains. Until something larger than life awakens her dreams. "The Rainmaker," a three-act play by N. Richard Nash, was a Broadway hit before it was turned into a 1956 film. Now, repertory theater company A Noise Within is bringing the classic back. Sun. 2 p.m. $15-$44. Through Dec. 6. A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 240-0910. http://www.ANoiseWithin.org.
Jewish-Latino ties in Los Angeles are tight. Last year, in an effort to advance relations between the two ethnic and religious communities, American Jewish Committee brought everyone together under one sukkah (well, if Sinai Temple counts as a sukkah). The event was such a success, they're bringing it back. AJC's second annual Sukkot Festival promises diverse company, food, drink, and yes, Israeli dancing. Guests will hear from the new Israeli Deputy Consul General Gil Artzyeli and can add a mitzvah to their holiday by bringing food items to donate to SOVA. Sun. 7 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 282-8080 ext.332. http://www.ajclosangeles.org.
MON | OCTOBER 20
What better way to experience a film than see it and then discuss it with a film historian. "Reel Talk With Stephen Farber" pairs one of the country's leading film critics with a popular and provocative film and is often followed by a dynamic discussion with an actor, director or producer from the movie. Tonight Farber will pontificate on a powerful new Holocaust drama, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," that is already making waves on the festival circuit. Good film, good talk, good chance you'll get to hear from someone big in Hollywood. Mon. 7 p.m. $17. Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500. http://www.ticketmaster.com.
When Nazi bombings nearly obliterated the Warsaw Zoo, animals scrambled down the street disoriented and disappeared. Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski were devastated by the loss, but used the empty cages and burned-out buildings to hide 300 Jews from the Nazis. In her book, "The Zookeeper's Wife," Diane Ackerman recounts this extraordinary tale of a couple who subverted the Nazis, risking their own lives to nurture what many called "Noah's Ark." Ackerman will appear in conversation with Louise Steinman, an author in her own right and the curator of the Library Foundation's "ALOUD" series. Mon. 7 p.m. Free; reservations recommended. ALOUD at Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.
THU | OCTOBER 23
When a Jewish widow from Brooklyn travels to Japan with her daughter, she doesn't expect much from the country responsible for the death of her only son during War World II. But everything changes when she meets a Japanese millionaire. Written by Oscar-winning writer Leonard Spigelgass and first performed in 1959, the comedy "A Majority of One," staged by West Coast Jewish Theatre, continues to amaze audiences with its complex exploration of tolerance and forgiveness. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $20-$35. Through Dec. 14. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 838-3006. http://www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org.
There isn't much time left before voters determine the fate of same-sex marriage in California. If you're still undecided about Proposition 8 in the upcoming November election, join the discussion "Civil Right or Religious Rite" at the Center for Religious Inquiry, where a panel of religious and legal experts will help audience members understand the role of marriage throughout history while exploring the possibility of same-sex marriage. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $15. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. http://www.wbtla.org.
Join acclaimed novelist Marisa Silver in a discussion of her novel "God of War." The book chronicles the story of a family living in "a desolate, forgotten place, whose inhabitants thrive amidst seemingly impossible circumstances." Ares, the oldest son, is drawn into a world of sex, violence and drugs, while his younger brother struggles with a mental illness that their mother does nothing about. The discussion will be led by Julie Robinson, creator of Literary Affairs, which offers a continuing series of book discussions. Sponsored by the Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library. Thu. 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Free. Westwood Branch Library, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1739. http://www.lapl.org.
Here's your chance to explore the hidden history of artist Marc Chagall. Kolya Borodulin, assistant director of the Center for Cultural Jewish Life at Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring in New York City, will offer an interpretive framework for Chagall's early work. The Russian-Belarusian-French-Jewish painter needs little introduction but perhaps some context to his deeply symbolic work will match the vibrancy of his visuals with some intellectual meaning. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. http://www.circlesocal.org.
We know, we're getting a little sick of it, too. But it's not over yet. If you haven't had your fill of political prognosticating over the past 18 months, everyone is invited to "Election 2008: Jewish Vote Forum," a series of spirited discussions about what matters to Jews this election and which candidate should get their vote. There's a good chance Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) and Larry Greenfield of the Republican Jewish Coalition will be more exciting to listen to than Obama and McCain. Rabbi Eli Herscher will play Tom Brokaw tonight, and the series continues all over town with various voices through the end of the month. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. http://www.wisela.org.
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-- Lily Fowler contributed to this article