Jewish Journal


September 26, 2008

Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Sept. 26- Oct. 3: Israeli flag raising, free Rosh Hashanah services


Sunday. Flag.  Israeli Consulate. History.

Sunday. Flag. Israeli Consulate. History.


Step outside the box and into the outdoor air for a musical Shabbat on the Promenade. Alula Tzadik, an Ethiopian Jew who is a staple at Sinai's Friday Night Live, Nashuva and Adat Ari El, is assembling a group of spiritual leaders for a public Shabbat service led by Rabbi Monty Turner. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. 1322 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (323) 472-7484. http://www.myspace.com/alulamusic.


Israeli-born artist Neta Aharonovitch-Levi is bringing the Land of Milk and Honey to Southern California through her art -- now on display in "Windows." Inspired by the Israeli landscape and lifestyle, Aharonovitch-Levi uses anything from acrylic paints to crayons when rendering her subjects. Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Through Oct. 23. Alpert Jewish Community Center, Gator Gallery, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 462-7601, ext. 1067. http://www.alpertjcc.org.

Kick back under a starry sky and listen to some smooth jazz with Dave Koz, who headlines tonight at the 12th annual Mercedes-Benz WaveFest. The Encino-born saxophonist and 94.7 The WAVE radio host recently released a greatest hits collection and got his own star on the Walk of Fame. Koz will perform on the same bill with Average White Band, vocalist Brenda Russell, and Joe Sample and Randy Crawford. Friday show features Anita Baker. Sat. 7 p.m. $29.75-$129.75. The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont, Los Angeles. (323) 665-5857. http://www.ticketmaster.com.


The Israeli Consulate of Los Angeles will make history today when it becomes the first in the nation to fly Israel's flag outside its doors. A star-studded lineup, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Consul General Jacob Dayan, will help celebrate the occasion with Macy Gray singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Noa Tishby singing "Hatikvah." While you're there celebrating, perform a mitzvah and donate blood to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles after the festivities. Sun. 1 p.m. Free. Israeli Consulate, 6380 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 852-5500. http://www.israeliconsulatela.org.

Whether you've still not seen "Wicked" or want the opportunity to relive the spectacular Broadway hit, Stephen Schwartz has a treat just for you. In "Defying Gravity: Stephen Schwartz and Friends," the composer will be joined by Debbie Gravitte and Scott Coulter as he plays favorites from "Wicked" as well as the films "Enchanted" and "Prince of Egypt." Sun. 2 p.m. $45. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522 or (213) 365-3500. http://arts.pepperdine.edu.

Giant slides, Ferris wheels, rock climbing and arcades. Sound like fun for the whole family? Check out Vista Del Mar's Friend-Raiser Carnival. Not only is it the perfect weekend activity, it's also a great way of supporting one of the largest mental health agencies in California. Vista Del Mar provides families and children in need with a range of psychological services. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $1-$2 (activities); free (admission and parking). 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 836-1223, ext. 238. http://www.vistadelmar.org.

Part of a double-feature screening of new films from Germany features "And Along Came Tourists." Sven travels to Auschwitz and becomes the caretaker for an embittered Holocaust survivor to fulfill his national service abroad. After meeting interpreter Ania, the two find love in the unlikeliest of places. This showing is preceded by "The Wave." Sun. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 634-4878. http://www.americancinematheque.com.

Larita is a struggling waitress living in pre-Castro Cuba who has fallen in love with the literature of Ernest Hemingway. Follow the adventures of this passionate reader of American novels as she yearns for more from her country at a screening of "Hello, Hemingway." The film is in Spanish with English subtitles and is being presented with the L.A. Coalition in Solidarity With Cuba. Sun. 7 p.m. $5. The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. http://www.circlesocal.org.

You know a city has historic significance when Steven Spielberg uses its name for the title of a film. But this weeklong conference, "Remembering Munich: The Legacy of Appeasement" is not about the 1972 Olympic games tragedy. Instead, it recalls the 70th anniversary of the Munich Agreement, detailing Hitler's territorial demands on the eve of World War II. The American Freedom Alliance presentation features commentary from scholars, statesman and community leaders from around the world, including the former prime ministers of Australia and of the Czech Republic. Sun. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Free. InterContinental Hotel, Grand Salon, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. (310) 444-3085. http://www.americanfreedomalliance.org.


Get on your feet with Rabbi David Wolpe and Craig Taubman, who bring the Friday Night Live aesthetic to the High Holy Days with "Rosh Hashanah Live," a free service open to the community. Also joining the musical celebration are Cantor Joseph Gole, jazz pianist Josh Nelson and the Shir Ba'ir Choir. Mon. 8 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. http://www.sinaitemple.org.

Apples and honey are one thing, but appletinis are quite another. Gather with Stephen S. Wise's "W Group" (20s and 30s) for the sixth annual Appletini Party, stocked with drinks and dessert, immediately following erev Rosh Hashanah services. Mon. 9:30 p.m. Free. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. http://www.wisela.org.

The Chai Center is once again sponsoring free services followed by their annual New Year's Eve Singles Party. The best part? It's all free. Mon. 6:30-8:30 p.m. (services), 8:30-11 p.m. (party). Writer's Guild of America, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 391-6619. http://www.chaicenter.org.

Chabad of the Conejo is transforming The Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Hotel into a holy place for services this year. Attendees also have the option of staying at a High Holy Days retreat complete with meals, so call to make reservations. Mon. 6:30 p.m. $50-$100. Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel, 880 South Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-0991. http://chabadofconejo.com.

Chabad of Malibu is sponsoring free High Holy Day services on the Malibu pier. From erev Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur break-fast, everyone is welcome to join this community for meditative services by the sea. Mon. 7 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. Free. 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. http://www.jewishmalibu.com.

California State University, Northridge, is offering students free services both days of Rosh Hashanah. Mon. 6 p.m. and Tue. 10 a.m. Free (students), $125 (guests). $10 (dinner). CSUN Hillel, 17729 Plummer St., Northridge. (818) 887-5901 or (818) 886-5101. http://www.csun.edu.

The Los Angeles Jewish Home is offering services for its community as well as family and friends of the Home. Mon. 6:15 p.m., Tue. 8:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m., and Wed. 8:30 a.m. $45 (all days). Grancell Village Campus, 7150 Tampa Ave., and Eisenberg Village Campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3386. http://jha.org.

Celebrate the High Holy Days in a historic log building among the Ponderosa Pines with B'nai Big Bear. Mon. 6-9:45 p.m. $36 (members), $100 (nonmembers). Miller Park, 1178 Chickasaw Lane, Fawnskin. (909) 866-9556. http://www.bnaibigbear.org.


For an expanded list of High Holy Days services offered throughout the L.A. Jewish community,be sure to visit our online calendar at http://www.jewishjournal.com/calendar.

Everyone is welcome to cast away their sins at Nashuva's popular Tashlich at Venice Beach. This meaningful ritual gets elevated when you dress in white, toss your crumbs, pound on drums and blow the shofar. Tue. 4:30 p.m. Free. Where Venice Boulevard meets the sand. http://www.nashuva.com.

JConnectLA invites you to services with Rabbi Shlomo Seidenfeld, Rabbi Jonathan Samuels and Cheston Mizel, the organization's founder. Kiddush buffets follow both days and special breakout sessions will convene after shofar blowing. 9 a.m. (also Oct. 1). $50 (includes all High Holy Days plus Kiddush). $36 (individual holiday). Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy cafeteria, 9120 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 277-5544. http://www.jconnectla.com.

The sweetness of comedy-lover and Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada pervades this New Year celebration as the Sunset Boulevard staple opens its doors to everybody, especially "actors, writers and comedians who can't afford to join a temple," for free High Holy Days services conducted by Rabbi Bob Jacobs. No donations or tickets accepted. Now that's almost laughable. Tue. 11 a.m. Free. The Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 656-1336. http://www.laughfactory.com.

Chabad of the Conejo will hold a Tashlich Walk, inviting everyone to cast off their wrongdoings and start the New Year totally clean. Tue. 5:15 p.m. Free. Hyatt-Westlake Plaza, 880 South Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-0991. http://chabadofconejo.com.

The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring hosts a sweet treat with reflections on the past year, followed by a snack with apples, challah and honey. Tue. 3 p.m. $10 (members), $20 (nonmembers). Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. http://www.circlesocal.org.


Barrie Kosky is widely considered one of the most popular and controversial directors in Australia. The writer-director is also well known for weaving his interest in Jewish culture and history throughout his work in theater, opera and contemporary music. Kosky will debut his dark adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" at UCLA Live's seventh International Theatre Festival. Starring Martin Neidermair and featuring Kosky's solo performance of his original live music, the director transforms Poe's tale of murder and retribution into a haunting theatrical and musical experience. Wed. 8 p.m. $46. Through Oct. 5. (310) 825-2101. http://www.uclalive.org.

Come see the Jewish Elvis -- aka Neil Diamond -- perform old favorites as well as new songs from his latest album, "Home Before Dark," at The Hollywood Bowl. Relax, share wine and food, and then be prepared to rock out. Wed. 8 p.m. $35-$150. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.


Watch the 2008 vice-presidential nominees Joe Biden and Sarah Palin square off on the big screen followed by a staged reading about the 1950 California Senate race that earned young Richard Nixon the nickname "Tricky Dick." After Nixon falsely accused three-time liberal Rep. Helen Gahagan Douglas of being a communist, politics changed forever and mudslinging became a campaign staple. "Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas," starring Wendie Malick, will come to life in front of an audience of Hollywood stars and political junkies, illuminating aspects of the current campaign from a theatrical and historical point of view. Honorary hosts include John Cusack, Mike Farrell, Robert Redford, Gore Vidal and Alan Wertheimer. 6 p.m. $100. The Landmark, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 470-0492. http://www.tickets.landmarktheatres.com.

Dive into the Jewish literature you've always heard about but never read. Michal Lemberger, a UCLA English professor and freelance writer, will moderate the discussion during Westwood Branch Library's Three-Part Jewish Literature Series. Among the books to be read: "The Chosen," by best-selling author Chaim Potok, about the friendship that develops between two teenage Jewish boys; and "Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir," by Shalom Auslander, a funny reflection about the role of faith by the "This American Life" contributor and author of "Beware of God: Stories." Thu. 6-7 p.m. Free. Westwood Branch Library, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1739. http://www.lapl.org.


Valley Ruach, a >new group for young professionals living in the Valley, is hosting a Rosh Hashanah recovery Shabbat. Consider it the sacred space between holidays where dinner, music and services will calm you from Rosh Hashanah and pep you up for Yom Kippur. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $10 (dinner, R.S.V.P.). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. (310) 926-2386. http://www.valleyruach.org.

When Danny Goldberg first started his career at Billboard Magazine, he covered an event no one else wanted to -- Woodstock. Goldberg went on to work as Led Zeppelin's PR person, managed America's premiere grunge band -- Nirvana -- and ran major record labels including Warner Bros. and Atlantic Records. Goldberg will tell all at his book singing for "Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business." He'll share his musical adventures with rock stars and his insights into the grueling culture of the music industry. Fri. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.

Bill Maher has taken his irreverent humor and distaste for religion to the silver screen. In the documentary "Religulous," directed by Larry Charles of "Borat" fame, Maher travels the world questioning religious devotees about their faith as he investigates religion's "place" in society. The host of HBO's "Real Time" uses his biting sarcasm and quick wit to challenge his subjects and explain his view that religion is silly and dangerous. In the end, Maher makes a powerful plea to the viewer advocating the separation of church and state. www.lionsgate.com/religulous.

Lilly Fowler contributed to this article

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