Jewish Journal


December 14, 2011

Dec. 4-Dec. 9


Pick of the Week: Wednesday, Dec. 21

East Side Jews, Reboot and the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center head to Atwater Crossing for an evening of funny stories and deep music on the second night of Chanukah. Performers include former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Michaela Watkins, “How I Met Your Mother” writer Tami Sagher and folk-pop band The Wellspring. Dinner, beer and wine available for purchase. Wed. 7-10 p.m. $10. Atwater Crossing, 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. eastsidejews.com, atwatercrossing.com.

FRI | DEC 16

Actor-satirist Shearer (KCRW’s “Le Show,” “The Simpsons”) and his singer-songwriter wife, Owen, host their annual evening of musical mirth. What began as a yearly gathering for family and friends soon grew too large to host at the couple’s home. Mixing traditional and nontraditional holiday music, the public performances have drawn such celebrity guests as Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Weird Al Yankovic and Shearer collaborator Christopher Guest. Who knows who will turn up this year? Fri. 7:30 p.m. $47-$75. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.

SAT | DEC 17

Director Gregg Barson got unlimited behind-the-scenes access to the 85-year-old Lewis for this documentary, which provides viewers with a contemporary look at the comedian’s career as well as never-before-seen film footage. Carl Reiner, Jerry Seinfeld and Richard Lewis are among the stars offering their perspective on Lewis. Sat. 5 and 9 p.m. Premieres on Starz. starz.com/titles/jerrylewismethodtothemadness.
Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, known for his work with the Batsheva Dance Company, is the featured artist in this program from The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance. Approximately 20 undergraduates, who rehearsed under Batsheva veteran Danielle Agami, perform two works by Naharin: “Echad Mi Yodea” and “Humus.” The evening concludes with premieres from CalArts faculty choreographers Colin Connor and Stephanie Nugent. Sat. 8:30 p.m. $20 (general), $16 (students), $10 (CalArts students, faculty, staff). Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. Second St., downtown. (213) 237-2800. redcat.org

Have fun for a good cause. Young professional groups ATID LA and 30 Years After host the third annual communitywide toy drive and mixer. The party goes off at L.A. nightclub Crimson Hollywood, and proceeds benefit the Friendship Circle and Cedars-Sinai Pediatrics. The LEV Foundation provides a limited number of free taxi vouchers. Sat. 9 p.m-2 a.m. New, unwrapped toy or gift valued at $10 or more, or $10 donation. Crimson Hollywood, 1650 Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. atidla.com.

MON | DEC 19

Grinstein is an expert on Israeli political life, having participated in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Tonight, the founder and president of Israel strategy group the Reut Institute discusses “Flexigidity: The Invisible Hand of Israel’s Adaptation.” Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 530-4097. vbs.org.

The Grammy-winning klezmer supergroup celebrates its silver anniversary this year. Steeped in Eastern European Jewish traditions and spirituality, The Klezmatics aren’t afraid to mix up their Yiddish-roots sound, whether it’s recording an album set to Woody Guthrie lyrics (“Wonder Wheel”) or collaborating with kosher gospel artist Joshua Nelson (“Brother Moses Smote the Water”). What better way to spend the night before Chanukah than with this eclectic ensemble? Mon. 8 p.m. $38-$97. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.

TUE | DEC 20

CHANUKAH celebration
The Original Farmers Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue and The Jewish Journal host an outdoor Chanukah bash for all ages. Kids can help build a giant Lego chanukiyah, families can play Chanukah bingo, make dreidels and play games with DJ Groovy David. Arts and crafts, snacks and more highlight the occasion, which closes with the menorah lighting ceremony and sing-along. Community participants include Temple Israel of Hollywood, Miracle Mile Chabad and the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Tue. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 933-9211. farmersmarketla.com.

WED | DEC 21

Forget “The Price Is Right.” Come on down to Ohr HaTorah! You’re the next contestant at the Mar Vista synagogue’s Chanukah celebration, which features music, prizes and dinner. Wed. 5:30 p.m. (dinner for families with young children), 6 p.m. (dinner for all ages), 7 p.m. (Chanukah program). Ohr HaTorah, 11827 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 915-5200. ohrhatorah.org.

THU | DEC 22

Blending contemporary electronic beats with world sounds from the Middle East, India and beyond, music trio Naked Rhythm perform at tonight’s charity concert, organized by Jewlicious and progressive synagogue IKAR. Proceeds benefit Jewish Heart for Africa, which brings Israeli solar technology to African villages, and Tomchei Shabbos, a weekly food delivery agency. Thu. 8-11 p.m. $18 (presale), $25 (door), $20 (with two cans for food donation). The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com, ikar-la.com.

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