SUNDAY AUGUST 9
“L’Chaim! (To Life!): A Musical Celebration of Eastern European Culture,” presented by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, will feature music composed in the Warsaw Ghetto and later featured in “The Pianist” as well as a piece based on a Sholem Aleichem tale. Rising piano star Yevgeniy Milyavskiy will join entertainer Mike Burstyn and LAJS founder/artistic director Noreen Green, along with other artists to celebrate this rich tradition. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $12-$36. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.
Veteran Hollywood film executive Mike Medavoy and internationally syndicated columnist on foreign affairs Nathan Gardels will sign copies of their book, “American Idol After Iraq: Competing for Hearts and Minds in the Global Media Age,” an analysis of how and why Hollywood and the U.S. media should join forces with the Obama administration to promote the “smart power” strategy and influence global public opinion. Sun. 5 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.
Add one scoop of kabbalistic drumming, one of Jewish American fiction, another of spiritual yoga as well as rainbow sprinkles of rabbis from various denominations and you have yourself a LimmudLA Sunday. Choose from four different sessions with artists, scholars and community leaders every hour at “Make Your Own Sunday,” a daylong mini-conference sweetened by an ice cream buffet, lunch and an open music jam session. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $50. Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. limmudla.org.
MONDAY AUGUST 10
Famed artist and muralist Bernard Baruch Zakheim escaped German prison camps during World War I and practiced his art around the world, including in Paris, San Francisco, Mexico City (where he worked with Diego Rivera), Poland and Los Angeles. Zakheim, whose Warsaw Ghetto Uprising monument is on display at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, left behind a major collection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, as well as extensive writings and poetry. “The Art of Bernard Baruch Zakheim (1896-1985)” will be on extended view into the fall. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. A More Beautiful World (Shenere Velt) Gallery, Arbeter Ring (Workmen’s Circle), 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12
THURSDAY AUGUST 13
The sixth annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival, which runs Aug. 7-17, includes a first-time program titled “The Music of Israel,” presented by the Israeli Consulate General in Los Angeles, which features a string trio by Yehezkel Braun, “Two Yiddish Songs” by Dov Zeltzer, “Ahuv Sheli” by Sharon Farber, “Yerushalayim” by Ariel Blumenthal and other works written and performed by Israeli musicians. Thu. 8 p.m. $25. Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 779-7622. bhmusicfestival.org.
The 2009 Daniel Pearl Fellows, two journalists from Egypt and Pakistan who were brought to work in U.S. newsrooms for six months, will share their experiences in America and address the topic of “How America is Viewed from Abroad” at a reception hosted by the Los Angeles Press Club and moderated by Journal Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. by Aug. 11. danielpearl.org/events.
The popular Israeli Idan Raichel Project brings its enchanting fusion of Middle Eastern, Latin American, Caribbean and African sounds to the Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier. The free concert will also feature bilingual reggae singer Elijah Emanuel from Panama. Thu. 7-10 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Pier, corner of Ocean and Colorado avenues, Santa Monica. santamonicapier.org. idanraichelproject.com.