SAT | APRIL 11
Canadian singer, songwriter, novelist and poet Leonard Cohen’s highly anticipated 2009 North American tour arrives in Los Angeles this weekend. Originally scheduled to perform only on April 10 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Cohen added this second show to meet an overwhelming demand from his fans. He will perform classics from his storied 40-year career, including chart-toppers such as “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne” and “Dance Me to the End of Love.” Sat. 8 p.m. $64-$254. Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. www.leonardcohen.com.
LA Opera’s ongoing “Recovered Voices” project stages once-banned and nearly forgotten works by composers suppressed by the Third Reich. This season’s presentation, conducted by James Conlon, is a work by German composer Walter Braunfels, a half-Jewish musician popular between the wars, until the Nazi regime silenced him and effectively killed his career. “The Birds” (Die Vogel) is a late Romantic work reminiscent of Strauss and Wagner, which premiered in Munich in 1920 to great acclaim. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Also, April 18, 23 and 26. $20-$250. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. www.laopera.com.
The 2009 William S. Paley Television Festival offers a chance to meet the creators and stars of your favorite television shows. Tonight’s program shines the spotlight on the reincarnation of “90210” with a panel featuring the creative team and cast of the show, guest star Tori Spelling and moderator Diablo Cody. Coming up: HBO vampire hit “True Blood,” the stylish pseudo-reality show “The Hills,” “Big Love” — the show that got Americans discussing polygamy — and more. Sat. 7 p.m. Through April 24. $45-$60. ArcLight Cinerama Dome, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 786-1010. www.paleycenter.org.
SUN | APRIL 12
Childhood friends separated after the Holocaust meet again unexpectedly in “The Quarrel,” a play by screenwriter/producer David Brandes and noted rabbi and author Joseph Telushkin. One has become a rabbi, the other a writer, and the conversation that ensues between them turns into an argument that raises the question: Can you love someone whose views you can’t stand? Part of the proceeds of this one-day performance will be donated to iVolunteer, an organization that pairs volunteers with Holocaust survivors for companionship. A post-performance discussion will be led by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, author of “Bringing Heaven Down to Earth.” Sun. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $18 (advance), $22 (at the door), $26 (reserved seating in advance), $30 (reserved seating at the door). Brandeis-Bardin, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (310) 278-5562. /www.thequarreltheplay.com.
“Art Survives: Expressions from the Holocaust” at the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture showcases the work of survivors who use art as a means to process what they experienced and witnessed during the Holocaust. For some, drawings sketched on the walls of the barracks with coal helped them endure and survive. The rare collection includes art by Samuel Bak, Alfred Benjamin, Alfred Kantor, Judith Goldstein, Dina Gottliebova Babbitt and Ela Weissberger. Sponsored by the Leichtag Family Foundation. Sun.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through May 21. Free. Gotthelf Art Gallery, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. (858) 457-3030. www.lfjcc.org.
This year’s Arbeter Ring Passover seder revolves around the theme of change. A “new world hagode” will be used during the “New World Seder,” and Arbeter Ring chorus members, Uncle Ruthie Buell and other guest musicians from the community will perform. The seder will be in English with songs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. Sun. 1 p.m. $45 (members), $55 (nonmembers). Subsidized tickets available for those in need. The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. www.circlesocal.org.
Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg’s “Our Mother’s Brief Affair” is centered around two adult siblings who have come together to care for their mother late in her life and discover a secret she has been keeping for years. The world premiere production is part of the South Coast Repertory’s annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. Sun. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Sun. through May 3. $20-$64. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5555. www.scr.org.
MON | APRIL 13
“Annie Hall,” Woody Allen’s romantic comedy classic, will be screened at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks as part of AFI’s 100 Laughs film series. One of Allen’s most popular films, “Annie Hall” won four Academy Awards and features Allen as a neurotic comedian and Diane Keaton as his love interest. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $11.50. ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 501-7033. www.afi.com.
Avi Schnurr, executive director of Israel’s Missile Defense Association, will discuss Israel’s perspective on nuclear confrontation in a special briefing, “The Terror War and Nuclear Proliferation: Strategic risks and options for the U.S. and Israel as international terror networks prepare to go nuclear.” Schnurr will be joined by Brian T. Kennedy, president of the Claremont Institute and an expert on missile defense, who will offer analysis from America’s standpoint. Larry Greenfield, vice president and fellow at the Claremont Institute, will moderate. Sponsored by the Children of Holocaust Survivors, the Israel Missile Defense Association, the Claremont Institute and the International Council on Missile Defense. Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 704-0523. cjhsla.org/rsvp1.htm.
TUE | APRIL 14
WED | APRIL 15
Off-Broadway hit “Back to Bacharach and David” is a musical tribute to the songs legendary Jewish duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote in the ’60s and ’70s. Directed by Kathy Najimy and featuring “American Idol” stars Diana DeGarmo and Tom Lowe, the musical revue with a touch of comedy includes many of the duo’s top 40 singles, like “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Always Something There to Remind Me” and “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Wed. 8 p.m. April 19-May 17. $25-$100. The Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 464-0808. www.back2bd.com.
“Venice,” a hip-hop musical loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Othello,” will be staged in workshop format as the last production of DouglasPlus, a special theater program at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Matt Sax and Eric Rosen’s new work is part of the Center Theatre Group’s effort to spotlight innovative young artists and reach new audiences. Wed. 8 p.m. Also, April 16 and 18. $20. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (213) 628-2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.
Jewish detective Morris Brummell is tasked with hunting down a serial killer, wooing a girl and appeasing his disappointed mother in the play, “No Way to Treat a Lady.” The original novel, which was made into a movie in 1968, was written by William Goldman, who also wrote “The Princess Bride” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Douglas J. Cohen later reworked the story into a musical thriller that has four actors playing 17 roles. Wed. 8 p.m. $20-$25 (preview performances), $37-$42 (regular performances). April 18-May 17. The Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank. (818) 558-7000, ext. 15. www.colonytheatre.org.
FRI | APRIL 17
Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, will be the scholar-in-residence at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. On Friday night she will speak at a dinner for young professionals, and on Saturday morning she will deliver the Charlotte Behrendt Lecture, discussing the role and responsibilities of Jews as global citizens. Co-sponsored by Progressive Jewish Alliance, The Jewish Federation and The New Leaders Project. Fri. 6-7:30 p.m. $18. Sat. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737, ext. 232. www.tebh.org