Pick of the Week: Sunday, Jan. 22
SONGS OF THE SPIRIT: DEBBIE FRIEDMAN REMEMBERED
A diverse lineup of musical performers and clergy celebrate the life of Friedman, a renowned musician who turned prayers into memorable folk songs, on the occasion of her first yahrzeit. The free program includes remarks by Friedman’s family; teachings by Rabbis William Cutter and Richard Levy from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR); and performances by Craig Taubman, Julie Silver, Rabbi Ken Chasen, Cantors Evan Kent, Linda Kates and Lorna Lembeck, and the Temple Isaiah Choir. Co-sponsored by HUC-JIR’s Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health and Temple Isaiah. Sun. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP requested). Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com.
WED | JAN 18
ROE V. WADE
The National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles hosts its annual education program, marking 39 years since the legalization of abortion. Leaders in the pro-choice movement — including Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California; Serena Josel, public affairs director for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles; Kaya Masler, USC student and political organizer; Joyce Schorr, founder and president of the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project; and Gabriela Valle, senior director for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice — will cover issues such as education in schools, treatment of women in the military regarding abortion, proposed changes to health insurance affecting abortion and parental notification initiatives. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
AMY WALDMAN AND AYAD AKHTAR
The acclaimed writers appear in conversation with Louise Steinman, curator of the library’s ALOUD series, to discuss their debut novels, “The Submission” and “American Dervish,” respectively, which explore the lives of Muslim Americans before and after 9/11. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7500. lfla.org.
THU | JAN 19
“HAUNTED BY HITLER: A FASCINATION REVISITED”
Eric Rentschler, professor of Germanic languages and literatures at Harvard University, examines the role fascist aesthetics play in a postwar and postmillennial world, drawing on the seminal essay “Fascinating Fascism,” by the late author Susan Sontag. Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Germanic Languages. Thu. 4-6 p.m. Free. UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.
LIVE READ, DIRECTED BY JASON REITMAN
The film and actors for the latest installment of Reitman’s table-read series at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) haven’t been announced yet, but based on the previous films in the series (“Princess Bride,” “The Apartment” and “The Breakfast Club”) and the stars who’ve participated (Natalie Portman, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner) expect high-quality comedy and A-list names. Visit Reitman’s Twitter (@JasonReitman) in the days leading up to the event for announcements. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Stand-by tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at 6 p.m. at the Hammer Building Ticket Office: $10 (general), $7 (LACMA members, seniors and students), $5 (LACMA film club members, Film Independent and New York Times Film Club members). LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org.
L.A. KINGS JEWISH COMMUNITY NIGHT
The Kings play the Calgary Flames during Jewish Community Night at Staples Center, sponsored by the Consulate of Israel. Temple Menorah’s Cantor Jessica Hutchings sings the national anthem, kosher food will be available, and a free limited-edition L.A. Kings yarmulke comes with every ticket purchased. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $29-$97 (individuals), $28-$91 (groups 15 and more). Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 742-7209. lakings.com/israel.
SAT | JAN 21
The professor of Sephardic law and ethics at Bar-Ilan University and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute discusses “Women, Torah and Mitzvot: Surprising Views by Sephardic Rabbis” during a Shabbat lunch-and-learn featuring Sephardic-style cuisine. Hosted by the Sephardic Educational Center. Sat. noon-2 p.m. $36. Kahal Joseph Congregation, 105050 W. Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 272-4574. bit.ly/wWow3A.
“ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND”
Beth Chayim Chadashim screens filmmaker Glenne McElhinney’s documentary, which chronicles gay life and activism in postwar Los Angeles, from the 1950s to the early 1980s. A
Q-and-A follows, including McElhinney and Dr. Marsha Epstein, one of 11 interviewees in the film. Sat. 7 p.m. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.
MICHAEL WINOGRAD TRIO
Clarinetist Michael Winograd, accordionist Patrick Farrell and singer-bassist Benjy Fox-Rosen perform Yiddish songs and new klezmer compositions marked by chamber-like improvisations and spontaneous arrangements. The performance kicks off the 2012 yidARTS season. Sat. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8. West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. (213) 389-8880. yiddishkayt.org.
“HUNGER: IN BED WITH ROY COHN”
Playwright Joan Beber’s deathbed portrait of the power-hungry McCarthy-era attorney has its world premiere tonight. The serio-comedy offers a surrealistic version of history, exploring Cohn’s relationships with his controlling mother, housekeeper, lover G. David Schine, convicted Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Barbara Walters and Ronald Reagan. Sat. Through March 11. 8 p.m. $30 (Saturday and Sunday), $25 (Friday). Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. odysseytheatre.com.
TUE | JAN 24
The author of “Foreskin’s Lament” appears in conversation with “Seinfeld” writer/producer Peter Mehlman to discuss his forthcoming debut novel, “Hope: A Tragedy.” A Q-and-A and book signing follow. Tue. 8 p.m. (advance reservations recommended). Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
THU | JAN 26
FEMALE PERPETRATORS IN THE HOLOCAUST
Wendy Lower, an associate professor of history at Maximilians University in Munich, discusses “I Wanted to Prove Myself to the Men: Female Perpetrators in the Holocaust.” Lower is the author of “Nazi Empire Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine” and “The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Galicia.” Organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. Thu. 4 p.m. Free. USC Social Sciences Building Room 250, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. (213) 740-8999. dornsife.usc.edu/vhi.
“CAST A GIANT SHADOW”
Zionist Organization of America Western Region screens the classic Kirk Douglas film about an American World War II war hero who helps the Israeli army during the 1948 War of Independence. After the screening, head over to Rosewood Tavern on Fairfax to discuss the movie, Zionism and Jewish heroism — and to schmooze over fine brews, of course. Thu. 7 p.m. Free (donations welcome; RSVP required by Jan. 25). Film screening: The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Conference Room B, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Post-screening drinks: Rosewood Tavern, 448. N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 744-0330. zoawest.org.
“THE CRUMBLING WALL SEPARATING CHURCH AND STATE”
Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, discusses the Supreme Court’s lessening of restrictions on government aid to religion and religious involvement in government. RSVP necessary to park in building. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $8 (members), $16 (general). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
FRI | JAN 27
“MAPPING AUSCHWITZ” FLASH MOB
The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOH) hopes hundreds, if not thousands, of people will turn out to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the liberation of Auschwitz by lining a 15-square-mile area — along Pico, Robertson, Beverly, La Cienega and Sunset boulevards, Wilton Place and Arlington Avenue — roughly the size of Auschwitz. Visit the museum’s Web site to print off signs to hold up during the event and register where you plan to stand. Fri. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Various streets around Los Angeles, as indicated above. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.