Jewish Journal


January 8, 2014

Calendar: January 11-17


SAT | JAN 11


She’s a screenwriter who has offered you her biting observations and keen advice through the voices of some of your favorite TV characters, from “Sex and the City” to “Modern Family.” But, if you’re not watching as much television as the rest of us, you may also have read her column in O, The Oprah Magazine, or her best-selling “The Between Boyfriends Book.” With her new “The Longest Date: Life as a Wife,” Chupack finds that her “ever after” is more nuanced than just “happily,” but it is her ever after, after all. Sat. 4 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.


Jonas N.T. Becker brings four site-specific video installations to Venice. A Six Points fellow, Becker creates images and installations that confront what we know to be real and all the truths we suspect, hope and believe in. The videos examine the origins of our utopian desires and assumptions, and might leave you asking: What if? 7-9 p.m. (opening reception). Sat. Through March 4. Free. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961. shulamitgallery.com


Are you a big fan of the band Ruby Blue? What about David Mamet’s “Oleanna”? Whether you love her for her British folk/pop sound or her strong and challenging acting performances, you will be delighted by her company. Join The Hub for an intimate evening with the soft and sweet sounds of this American Brit. Sat. 9 p.m. $15. The Hub on Venice, 11827 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 915-5200. thehubonvenice.com.

MON | JAN 13


The internationally acclaimed designer will speak about her more than 30-year career as a woman who helped to create power and independence in what women wore. Von Furstenberg joins Stefano Tonchi, editor-in-chief of W Magazine, for a conversation that will offer a peek into one well-dressed lifetime. LACMA’s Costume Council presents the event in conjunction with its new exhibition, “Diane Von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress,” which runs through April 1. Mon. 6 p.m. $45 (general). LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. lacma.org.


Objection! If you’re one for real-life courtroom drama, the Center for Jewish Life has got a panel for you. Two exceptional constitutional legal experts, Erwin Chemerinsky and Rebecca Brown, will join Stephen S. Wise Temple President Glenn Sonnenberg to examine some of the most significant cases the Supreme Court faces today. With UC Irvine, Harvard, Georgetown and USC credentials floating around this group, their discussion on recess appointments, affirmative action and separation of church and state will both challenge and impress. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $15. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (888) 380-9473. wisela.org.



Born in Serbia, Dan Reisinger is a source of Israeli pride and joy. Known internationally for his innovative use of symbols and vibrant visual language, Reisinger has created posters that are iconic stamps of culture, commercialism and politics. The exhibition spans 50 years and celebrates Reisinger’s unique successes in “maximum meaning” by “minimum means.” Through April 20. Tue. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

WED | JAN 15


The niece of legendary songwriters George and Ira Gershwin is in town for a one-night-only performance. On the heels of releasing a retrospective album, “Long Ago and Far Away,” Gershwin will perform some of your favorites, such as “The Man I Love,” “Embraceable You” and “I’ve got Rhythm.” Under the musical direction of Steven Applegate and with a big band behind her, Gershwin will do her uncles proud with an evening that both pays tribute to and revitalizes music that is all in the family. Wed. 8:30 p.m. $30. Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-2210. catalinajazzclub.com.

THU | JAN 16


Don’t miss out on the huge success of “Little Failure,” a memoir from the man who brought you “Super Sad True Love Story,” “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook” and “Absurdistan.” Named a New Yorker Best Novelist Under 40, Shteyngart, who was born in Leningrad, tells an immigrant story with wit, candidness and moving insight. Thu. 8 p.m. $24 (general, including hardcover book), $20 (member, including hardcover book), $10 (lecture only). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

FRI | JAN 17


The new year means we are all ripe for self-deprecation, and there is no one better to serve as our shepherd than Ms. Rivers. For more than 50 years she has been making us laugh, think, squirm, agree and disagree. Whether you saw her on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson,” spent revealing time with her in the documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” or watch her during awards season, you know exactly who Joan is, and what you have to look forward to. Fri. 9 p.m. $77- $225. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. sabantheatre.org

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