Pick of the Week: Sat., Feb. 11
ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY
Journal bloggers Ilana Angel (Keeping the Faith) and Elliot Steingart (Some Reservations) join singles columnist Seth Menachem (My Single Peeps) and Hollywood Jew scribe Danielle Berrin for an irreverent discussion on dating in Los Angeles, dishing on the rules, sex, faith, hope — and the horror — that go along with it. With Angel, Steingart and Menachem sharing the soapbox, and Berrin moderating the panel, the evening — part cocktail party, part therapy session — will be the most fun singles event you have ever been to. Or least not as bad as a loser date on a Saturday night. Sat. 8-11 p.m. $18. Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. jewishjournalsingles.eventbrite.com.
SUN | FEB 12
Jewish federation super week
Kick off Super Week — an extension of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ annual Super Sunday — with community-wide volunteer events over the course of the day, including a phone-a-thon. Sun. Through Feb 17. 8:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (phone-a-thon); 10-11:30 a.m. (gift baskets for veterans); 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Friendship Circle basketball); 2-4 p.m. (arts and crafts for kids with special needs). Free. Phone-a-thon: The Goldsmith Center, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Community-wide volunteer events: Various sites. (323) 761-8327. jewishla.org.
JEWISH EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
High-level executives dish on their careers and offer Jewish MBA and business students, young professionals and entrepreneurs advice about how to achieve business success and become community leaders. Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital, Harry Sloan of Global Eagle Acquisitions and Shelby Notkin of Capital International Asset Management participate in an opening keynote panel; more than 20 executives — from such companies as Fiji Water, Vintage Capital Group and MesaWest — sit in on panels throughout the day. Ben Silverman of Electus presents the closing keynote. Sun. 12:30 p.m. $25 (student), $35 (general). Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 922-9483. thejgsi.org/conference.
“TALK RADIO V”
Emmy winner Patt Morrison, KFI AM 640 hosts Bill Handel and Bill Carroll, and Michael Harrison, editor and publisher of trade publication Talkers Magazine, discuss Israel, the California economy, the 2012 presidential election and other hot-button topics. CBS producer Bill Morgan moderates. A Q-and-A follows. Sun. 2-4 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.
LOOKING FOR JUDAISM IN [UN]CONVENTIONAL PLACES
During this two-day conference, scholars, rabbis and educators from local (UCLA, Nashuva and Valley Beth Shalom) and national institutions (Brandeis Univesity, Jewish Theological Seminary and Stanford University) examine American Judaism in the 21st century — specifically the decreasing role of religious school, synagogues and philanthropic giving and the emergence of new innovations. Sessions include “Trans- and Post-Denominationalism in American Judaism,” “New Trends in Jewish Religious Life” and “Judaism in Los Angeles.” A public forum addresses “Are Jews Still in the Pews? Jewish Religious Life in Twenty-First Century America.” Sun. Through Monday, Feb. 13. 3 p.m. (first Sunday session), 9:30 a.m. (first Monday session). Free (pre-registration required). UCLA, 314 Royce Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.
WED | FEB 15
INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
California’s largest kosher wine show features 100 international wine and spirit labels. Renowned kosher restaurant Tierra Sur serves gourmet delicacies. Wed. 6-9 p.m. $125 (includes food and beverages throughout the festival). Multiple-ticket discounts available. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. (805) 983-1560. facebook.com/ifwf2012.
THU | FEB 16
YAEL BARTANA AND DANI GAL
Short films by Bartana and Gal, Israeli native video artists, screen at the Hammer. Their work gives context to the experience of Alina Szapocznikow, a Polish sculptor and Holocaust survivor who explored the human body in her art. Gal’s film, “Night and Fog,” follows policemen carrying Adolf Eichmann’s ashes, and Bartana’s trilogy — “Nightmare,” “Wall and Tower” and “Assassination” — imagine a fictional Jewish renaissance in 19th and 20th century Europe among Polish Jews. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.