August 1, 2013
SUN AUG 4
“WHAT MAKES A JEWISH MOVIE?”
It’s the question on everybody’s mind — well, at least ours. Presented in association with the exhibition “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic,” the program features Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan and Vincent Brook, media and cultural studies professor at USC and UCLA. The conversation is bookended by two films: “Act of Violence” and “A Serious Man.” Watch and discuss the unique and varied contributions Jewish directors have made to the film industry. Visitors are welcome to attend the whole day or customize their experience with either movie and/or the conversation. Admission included with museum admission. Sun. 11:30 a.m. (first film), 2 p.m. (conversation), 3:30 p.m. (second film). $10 (general), $6 (students and seniors), $4 (ages 3-12), free (Autry members). (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.
WOMEN’S ACTION TRAINING PROJECT
Ladies, let’s make our suffrage sisters proud. The National Council of Jewish Women is conducting a workshop to strengthen and organize the causes and ideas you are already passionate about. “Presenting Your Message” will teach you to be an effective advocate for issues you wish to tackle. Come learn everything you need to know about honing your message, public speaking and media training. The program will be introduced by Sandra Fluke, L.A.-based attorney and social justice advocate. Lunch included. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. Sun. 10 a.m. $15. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. ncjwla.org.
CALIFORNIA STRING QUARTET
Coffee? Check. Cookies? Check. Concert? Check! The Music Guild presents the California String Quartet as part of its 2013 Summer Festival. Playing since 2002, these four artists hail from Hungary, Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union and Solana Beach. With two violins, a cello and a viola, this award-winning ensemble promises rich sounds, passion for the classics, and a warm and intimate performance. The program includes selections from Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Sun. 3 p.m. $50 (general), $45 (seniors), $12 (full-time students), $7 (children, 17 and under). University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 558-3500. themusicguild.org.
“LOVE, SURVIVAL AND THE AMERICAN DREAM”
Join Gusta and Sol Berger as they launch their new book, written with their grandson, Jesse E. Morris. It’s the true story of two people struggling for survival during the Holocaust, finding each other and falling in love after the war. Together they worked to achieve their shared dreams of a better life. Now married for 60 years and with a large extended family, the Bergers remind us how it is possible to beat the odds. The program is followed by a book signing and a reception. Sun. 4 p.m. Free (RSVP required). The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2048. museumoftolerance.com.
MON AUG 5
While it might not be your usual cantorial music resource, the band has had a long relationship with Hebrew and Judaism. Not only are Phish’s drum and bass players Jewish, the band as a whole has spent time covering and repurposing traditional Jewish songs. While we can’t promise you’ll hear “Avinu Malkeinu” or “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav,” we feel pretty confident that the evening will be an eclectic showcase of a veteran band. Mon. 7 p.m. $57-$74. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
THU AUG 8
THE DANIEL ROSENBOOM GROUP
JazzPOP and Creative Underground LA present Daniel Rosenboom. Trumpeter, improviser, composer and record producer, Rosenboom skillfully fuses genres and collaborates with peers to create sounds that feel both classic and innovative. Having founded the collective Creative Underground LA in 2013, Rosenboom is not just passionate about his music, but the art and expression of creative types throughout the city. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.
SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS
It’s Thursday, so you deserve to have a really good time. Fortunately, the Refugee All Stars are performing, and a good time is inevitable. While their journey began humbly in West African refugee camps, the band has since created songs of hope, faith and joy by combining reggae, Congolese soukous, American soul and deep tribal chants. If the music doesn’t move you, the stories that belong to these players will. KCRW’s Tom Schnabel will spin records in the courtyard at 7 p.m. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
FRI AUG 9
“Saturday Night Live” is on hiatus for the summer, so we have to get our laughs somewhere else. Spend your evening at the Improv, where stand-up comedian, actor and TV host Ben Gleib performs. A roundtable regular on “Chelsea Lately” and a podcaster for the SModcast Network, Gleib guarantees a funny Friday and a medley of material. Ages 18 and over. Fri. 8 p.m. $15, plus two-item minimum. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.
“CHAMPION: THE STANLEY KRAMER CENTENNIAL”
Let the series begin! UCLA Film and Television Archive and Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program are sharing the breadth of Stanley Kramer’s work with all of us. The 10-part celebration begins with the film adaptation of Arthur Miller’s iconoclastic play, “Death of a Salesman.” Special guest Larry King at the screening. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $10. Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 206-8013. cinema.ucla.edu.
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