FRI | APRIL 22
PASSOVER, BUT FUNNY: COMEDY FROM UCB JEWS
Rabbi Oved Kaufman (aka Jake Regal) hosts a special Pesach show featuring some of Upright Citizens Brigade’s best Jewish performers, including Matt Besser, one of UCB’s founding members, Todd Levin, a former writer on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien,” Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider, Tremendosaur, Becky Feldman and others. Fri. 8 p.m. $10. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.
SAT | APRIL 23
“THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE”
Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) and Gina Hecht (“Hung”) bring Neil Simon’s Tony-nominated 1971 black comedy to the El Portal. Noisy neighbors, plumbing problems and a garbage strike have middle-age advertising executive Mel Edison on the brink of a nervous breakdown in his Manhattan apartment. But when he’s been fired from his job, it’s up to his wife, Edna, and his siblings to bring Mel back to reality. Glenn Casale directs. Sat. Through May 15. 8 p.m. $45-$80. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 508-4200. elportaltheatre.com.
ONE SHABBAT MORNING
After nine years, Craig Taubman leads his last Saturday morning service at Conservative congregation Adat Ari El. Rabbi Moshe Rothblum and Cantor Ira Bigeleisen join Taubman to celebrate the final One Shabbat Morning at the Valley Village synagogue and launch its next prayer initiative. Special guest shiur from Rabbi Richard Levy of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Services followed by Kiddush lunch. Sat. 9-10 a.m. Free. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. adatariel.org.
LET MY PEOPLE PARTY
Birthright Israel NEXT Los Angeles and Young Adults of Beth Am (YABA) organizes its second annual kosher-for-Passover celebration, featuring an open bar, a live DJ and an opportunity to play classic bar and bat mitzvah games. Bring a toiletry item (new and unopened) to be donated to the Ocean Park Community Center and receive a raffle ticket. Ages 21-39. Sat. 9 p.m. $15. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. tbala.org/passoverparty.
SUN | APRIL 24
EARTH DAY AT THE ZIMMER
Joint a belated celebration of our beloved planet with an eco-conscious art project at the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Using recycled materials, kids will make “thinking caps” to wear each time they do something to help the Earth. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Free (members), $3 (general). Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.
MON | APRIL 25
ANTI-SEMITISM AND THE PARADOX OF ‘JEWISH POWER’ IN WEIMAR GERMANY
Warren Rosenblum challenges the idea that German Jews were restrained in their response to anti-Semitism in the late 1920s. He cites the Magdeburg justice scandal of 1926, when Jews and their allies organized a victorious defense on behalf of Jewish industrialist Rudolf Haas, who was falsely accused of murdering his former bookkeeper. Rosenblum, visiting scholar at Harvard University and associate professor at Webster University in St. Louis, leads this lecture as part of the speaker series “Holocaust, Genocides and Race Relations in World History.” Mon. 4-6 p.m. Free. USC, Social Sciences Building 250, Los Angeles. (213) 740-8999. usc.edu.
WED | APRIL 27
Oren Meyers, a visiting communications scholar from the University of Haifa, discusses the interrelations between Yom HaShoah broadcasts on Israeli television and radio and the shaping of Israel’s collective memory. Wed. 4-6 p.m. Free. UCLA, 6275 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu/israel.
VALLEY RUACH BEER TASTING
Sample Belgian beers and compare them with their American and Canadian counterparts. Organized by Adat Ari El’s young professionals organization, the event’s hosts will review the rich history of Belgian brews and provide a lesson in how to taste beer. Attendees are welcome to hang around after the event to sober up. Snack food included with the price of admission. Wed. 7:30-10 p.m. $7 (members), $10 (general). Encino location e-mailed to paid RSVPs prior to the event. (818) 980-3282. valleyruach.org.
SUSAN MCKEOWN & LORIN SKLAMBERG: SAINTS AND TZADIKS
Irish vocalist Susan McKeown and Klezmatics lead singer Lorin Sklamberg perform songs from their 2009 album, which draws on Yiddish and Gaelic traditions in its exploration of love, death, betrothal and betrayal. Guitarist Aidan Brennan accompanies the duo. Wed. 8 p.m. $30 (general), $25 (members), $20 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4599. skirball.org.
“INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM FOR JEWS”
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, leads tonight’s discussion, the first of a three-part series at Beth Chayim Chadashim. Wed. 7-9 p.m. $45 (general), free (BCC members). Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.
FRI | APRIL 29
“MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)”
This long-running off-Broadway hit is a melting pot of musical bliss that references (and parodies) a who’s who of Jewish musical theater composers: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, and Kander and Ebb. Through May 8. 8 p.m. $12-$15. Dow Arena Theatre, Pierce College Performing Arts Theater, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. (818) 719-6488. piercecollege.edu.