Jewish Journal


July 16, 2009

Calendar Picks and Clicks July 18–24, 2009


Mel Brooks. see Friday

Mel Brooks. see Friday


Live dinosaurs may not roam the Skirball Cultural Center after hours, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had at the museum. The Overnight Archaeological Adventures sleepover program lets kids and their parents unearth artifacts at the simulated outdoor dig, take a flashlight tour of the museum’s antiquities and hear ancient bedtime stories. Pith helmets not required. Ages 6 and up. Sat. 6 p.m. through Sun. 9 a.m. $45 (member, per adult and per child), $55 (general, per adult and per child). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Registration required. (310) 440-4653. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). www.skirball.org.


Shakespeare and summer go together like pita and hummus. And you can get your fill (of Shakespeare that is) at any of the free performances of the Bard’s classic comedies around town. Shakespeare by the Sea’s 2009 season includes “As You Like It” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” two romantic comedies from pre-Sandra Bullock times. 7 p.m. Roxbury Park, 471 S. Roxbury Dr., Beverly Hills. Other Locations include Bluffs Park in Malibu, Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach and others. For a full schedule of times and locations, visit www.shakespearebythesea.org.


Watch the Dodgers play the Cincinnati Reds with fellow young professionals brought together by Sinai Temple’s ATID (ages 21-39 only) and the Men’s Club, who secured discount tickets in the reserved seating section. Sinai Temple Cantor Arianne Brown will be singing the national anthem at the game. Mon. 7:10 p.m. $13. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. www.sinaitemple.org/events/atid/dodgers.


How will California solve the budget crisis? What solutions are there? What can we, as Jews, do about it? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the Progressive Jewish Alliance’s public forum and debate, “Out of California’s Quagmire.” Participants include L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel and Nancy Berlin, director of the California Partnership, with Peter Dreier, director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College and a recent Journal contributor, serving as the moderator. Tue. 7-9 p.m. $5. Beverly Hills location disclosed upon R.S.V.P. (323) 761-8350. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). www.pjalliance.org.


Jack Salem discusses his part fictional, part biographical novel, “Heirs to the Pushcart Fortune” about a Sephardic Jew who journeys from the crumbling Ottoman Empire to America, where he faces the Great Depression and World War II and manages to thrive. Book signing to follow program. Wed. 6:30 p.m. Free. Westwood Branch Library, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1739. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Pack sandwiches, towels and sunblock before heading west to Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel’s annual family beach parties. Join other families at Marina Beach (aka Mother’s Beach) in Marina del Rey for games and activities in the late afternoon, once the day has begun to cool down. Bring your own potluck items to share. Wed. 5-9 p.m. Also, Aug. 5, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2. Free. Marina Beach, Admiralty Way and Via Marina, Marina del Rey. (310) 475-7311. www.sephardictemple.org.


The Jewish American Chamber of Commerce is bringing its popular business networking mixer to the Valley. Build up your database of contacts and expand your L.A. connections in an environment that is Jewish but non-religious. Membership not required to attend mixers. Thu. 6-8:30 p.m. $10 (members), $20 (general), $25 (at the door). Valley Inn, 4557 Sherman Oaks Ave., Sherman Oaks. (866) 257-6117. www.lajewishchamber.com.

Conversations at Leon’s hosts talk radio news anchor Mark Austin Thomas from KABC 790 AM for a discussion of current events, news and politics. Thomas has nearly 30 years of experience in public and commercial radio; he was formerly a news anchor at KNX and KPCC, news director at KFI, and the host of “Marketplace Morning Report” on NPR and can now be heard on KABC. A frequent guest at Conversations, Thomas has led many balanced and stimulating discussions with audiences of varying political persuasions. Thu. 8 p.m. $17 (by July 22), $20 (after). Private home in Sherman Oaks. (818) 986-9899. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In “One Night Stand: An Improvised Musical,” seven multitalented actors, all in their early 20s, get on stage and improvise — everything. The music, lyrics, characters, choreography, plot and dialogue are all made up on the spot with a couple of starting points from the audience to form a wild and hilarious musical that has never been performed before and will never be performed again. Marc Platt, who produced Broadway’s “Wicked” and the acclaimed film “Rachel Getting Married,” among many other accomplishments in film, television and theater, is the executive producer of “One Night Stand.” His son, Jonah Platt, is the founder, producer, director and a performer in the show. Thu. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 22. $15 (presale online), $30 (at the door). Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-4429. www.plays411.com/onenightstand.

Hank Rosenfeld, co-author of “The Wicked Wit of the West,” will discuss the life and career of the late Irving Brecher, a screenwriter who worked with the Marx Brothers, Judy Garland, Milton Berle, George Burns and other Hollywood icons during what was considered the Golden Age of the movie industry. “The Hollywood Legend Irv Brecher” is presented by Valley Beth Shalom’s Men’s Club and is open to the entire community. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Thu. 7-9 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 530-4097. www.vbs.org.


Mel Brooks — the comic genius behind “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Spaceballs” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” — will be honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences at an evening tribute hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin. Brooks, one of only 12 people to win all four major show biz accolades — an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony — will be celebrated with numerous film clips and anecdotes from his colleagues, with special guests Richard Benjamin, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner and others. Tickets for “A Tribute to Mel Brooks” are already sold out, but standby tickets will be available on the day of the event. Fri. 7 p.m. $3 (Academy members and students), $5 (general). Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 247-3600. www.oscars.org.

Conductor Thomas Wilkins will lead the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a nostalgic summer concert featuring some of the most memorable melodies ever composed, including pop hits, movie themes and classics from the Great American Songbook. “The Art of Song” stars singer-songwriter and actress Jewel as well as crooner Michael Feinstein and will also feature a spectacular fireworks display. Fri. 8:30 p.m. Also, July 25. 8:30 p.m. $10-$116. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. www.hollywoodbowl.com.

Jazz pianist-composer George Kahn returns to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Friday night summer concert series after an overflow performance last summer rocked the house. The L.A. favorite will perform with his quintet: Karl Vincent (bass), John Fumo (trumpet), Clayton Cameron (drums) and Larry Klimas (saxophone), and will be joined by singer Courtney Lemmon for a few numbers. Fri. 6-8 p.m. Free. LACMA BP Grand Entrance, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. No reservations required. www.lacma.org/programs/fridaynightjazz.aspx. www.georgekahn.com.

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