Jewish Journal


June 11, 2009

Calendar Picks and Clicks for June 13–19, 2009


Larry King

Larry King


Not that he’s through conducting topical interviews, but talk show icon Larry King has written a definitive autobiography of his life and his notable career to date. King will be at The Grove today signing copies of his intimate and revealing memoir, “A Remarkable Journey,” in which he publicly acknowledges his 47-year-old secret son and other gossip-worthy tidbits. Sat. 2 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270.

Two-time Grammy winner and former Wings lead guitarist Laurence Juber will perform a solo, one-night concert in Culver City. The one-instrument virtuoso, composer and arranger fuses folk, jazz, pop and classical elements in his music and has released 13 solo albums to date. Sat. 8 p.m. $17. Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-2583. www.boulevardmusic.com.

A documentary about the life of Jerome Robbins, the prominent Broadway and ballet choreographer whose career was also plagued by controversies, will screen at the Hammer Museum as part of Dance Camera West’s Dance Media Film Festival. The film, “Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About,” will be followed by a Q-and-A discussion with six-time Emmy-winning director Judy Kinberg and best-selling Robbins biographer Amanda Vaill, who wrote the documentary. Sat. 7 p.m. Free. Seating is first-come, first-served. Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. www.hammer.ucla.edu.

The 24th annual Israel Film Festival is halfway through its two-week showcase of the best and the brightest in cinema that the Jewish state has to offer. This year’s lineup includes more than 30 feature films, documentaries, shorts and television programs at two venues — in Beverly Hills and in West Hills. “Lost Islands,” a coming-of-age family dramedy, garnered several Israeli Oscars and received a roaring ovation at the festival’s opening-night gala. The popular documentary genre features biopics about legendary Greek crooner Aris San, the founding of Tel Aviv, a Bedouin village that is home to the largest community of deaf people in the world and Bedouin women living in polygamist families in the Negev. Through June 18. $9-$12. Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Also, Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 Theater, 6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. For show times, visit www.israelfilmfestival.com.

Playwright Itamar Moses based his play, “Bach at Leipzig,” on actual events that took place in 1722 — a group of rival European musicians go head-to-head in a competition for a plum musical post: organ master at Leipzig. Moses, the author of seven plays, infuses the tale with hilarity and wit, at the same time exploring the nature of music and ambition with keen insight. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 9. $25-$30. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. www.odysseytheatre.com.


The Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, having served the San Fernando Valley Jewish community for 56 years, is officially closing its doors this month due to financial shortfalls. To commemorate its history and contributions, the JCC is hosting a farewell Beygl Brunch and Concert, with Golden State Klezmer and Cindy Paley performing nostalgic Yiddish favorites. Co-produced by Yiddishkayt Los Angeles. Sun. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $15. Valley Cities JCC, 14701 Friar St., Van Nuys. www.yiddishkayt.org.

Jewish French singer Enrico Macias was born in French Algeria but was forced to flee his home country when the Algerian war of independence erupted and life for French residents became perilous. He became an international sensation in Paris, but even after rising to fame, the singer was barred from visiting his home country in 2007 due to his pro-Israel stance. Macias will perform his North African-inspired world music tonight in Beverly Hills. Sun. 8 p.m. $53-$103. Saban Theatre (formerly Wilshire Theatre), 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. www.sabantheatre.org.

Yakov Parisi was once Jack Parisi, an evangelical Christian living in the Bible Belt. The former ordained minister and his wife, Sally (now Sarah), began exploring their own faith in 1987, a journey that ultimately led them to Judaism and a home in Israel. Yakov and Sarah, now observant Jews, will tell their story during “A Pastor’s Journey to Judaism.” Sun. 11 a.m. $10 (lecture), $18 (lecture and brunch). Chabad Jewish Center of Ventura, 5040 Telegraph Road, Ventura. (805) 558-1770. http://www.chabadventura.com. They will also be speaking at the Jewish Learning Academy on June 18 at 8 p.m. $10 (in advance), $15 (at the door). JLA, 9581 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 282-8286. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Father-and-son directors Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters,” “Dave,”) and Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Thank You for Smoking”) will discuss working in Hollywood and their relationship in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe in “Freedom vs. Guidance: How to Raise a Child to Do What He/She Might in This World.” Tue. 7:30 p.m. $5 (Sinai members, prepaid), $10 (general, prepaid), $15 (at the door for all). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.atidla.org.

California-born Israeli artist Know Hope creates art that requires the viewer to step into the artwork to experience it. His debut Los Angeles solo show, “the times won’t save you (this rain smells of memory),” incorporates 30,000 paper raindrops, 40,000 feet of fishing twine and hundreds of sheets of cardboard used to create life-size cutout characters in an interactive installation. Exhibition runs Tue.-Sun., 1-7 p.m. Through July 2. Free. Carmichael Gallery, 1257 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 969-0600. www.carmichaelgallery.com.


Nearly 20,000 European Jews fled Nazi Germany and made their way to Shanghai, one of the few places at the time with no entry requirements. Fred Marcus was 15 years old when he and his father arrived in China, and the displaced teen kept detailed journals of his daily experiences. “Survival in Shanghai” is a compilation of Marcus’ diaries, which provides a vivid picture of what life was like for Jewish refugees in this foreign city. Marcus’ widow, Audrey Friedman Marcus, will talk about the book and sign copies after the program. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free for members, $10 (general). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (877) 722-4849. www.skirball.org.

Actor, playwright, novelist and drag queen Charles Busch stars as Lady Bracknell in the L.A. Theatre Works radio theater production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. The comedic parody of Victorian courtship, about two young men who fool their beloveds with false identities, was perhaps the Irish playwright’s best-known play and one of his last. Wed. 8 p.m. Through June 21. $20-$48. L.A. Theatre Works at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. www.latw.org.


The Los Angeles Film Festival, now in its 15th year, features more than 200 narrative, documentary and short films, gala premieres, panels, seminars, music video showcases, free outdoor screenings, live musical performances and shmooze fests. The opening night film, “Paper Man,” stars Jeff Daniels and Ryan Reynolds; the closing night film, “Ponyo,” is an animated feature by Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, with the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey and Liam Neeson, among other big-name stars; and in between, are dozens of other films worth checking out. Thurs. through June 28. $12 (regular screenings and panels). Festival passes start at $150. For a complete list of films and venues: (866) 345-6337. www.lafilmfest.com.

Step into the Kit Kat Klub, a dark and sordid nightclub in 1931 Berlin, just as the Nazis are ascending to power. Patrons are part of the action in the Met Theatre’s production of “Cabaret: The Musical,” with music by the famous duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb. At the heart of this tale is a young English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and her relationship with American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Thu. 8 p.m. (preview performance). Through Aug. 9. $35-$50. Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. www.plays411.com/cabaret.

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