Jewish Journal


July 17, 2013

July 20–26


Morgan Murphy and Brett Gelman (See LoveFest on Saturday)

Morgan Murphy and Brett Gelman (See LoveFest on Saturday)



Isn’t February just too far away? Valentine’s Day comes early courtesy of East Side Jews, Jewlicious and Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Celebrate Tu b’Av, the Jewish Day of Love, and say hello to the first night of the rest of your life. With food trucks, a live DJ, full bar and comedians Morgan Murphy and Brett Gelman emceeing live matchmaking, you’ll be saying, “February who?” Sponsored in part by IKAR and Reboot. Ages 21 and over. Sat. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $20 (bring another single peep and both get $5 off admission). Harvard Street, between Sixth Street and Wilshire Boulevard. (323) 663-2255, (310) 277-5544. lovefest2013.eventbrite.com.


Are you young, Jewish and professional? The Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles’ annual Summer White Party is back, and bigger and bolder than ever. Avoid the tired club and lounge scene at this poolside garden party. Enjoy a premium open bar, DJ and the privacy of a home away from your own. White cocktail attire, because that’s the summer way. YJP hasn’t forgotten what day it is, though, and the night will also include Havdalah under the stars. Ages 21 and over. $40 (online), $50 (door). Private residence in Beverly Hills. (310) 692-4190. yjplosangeles.com/whiteparty.



Join the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for a discussion of faith during hard times. Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, the Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, moderates a panel that will try to make sense of the senseless. The evening will include a host of interfaith voices, including the Rev. Scott Colglazier of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles; Fred Siegel, elder in the Beverly Hills Jehovah’s Witness Congregation; and Imam Jihad Turk, president of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school at Claremont Lincoln University. Mon. 6:30 p.m. $40 (preferred seating), $20 (general seating), $15 (ages 12 and under). Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 465-5077. lamoth.org.


Meet the movie maverick himself. This American cinema auteur presents and signs “The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.” The Oscar-winning director is responsible for film staples like “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist” and “To Live and Die in L.A.” Learn about Friedkin’s journey from the streets of Chicago to the suites of Hollywood, candidly exploring nearly half a century of storytelling and filmmakers. Mon. 7 p.m. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.



Nothing says party like vegetables and dirt! Join the Young Adults of Los Angeles for the group’s third annual summer soiree. Festivities include planting a vegetable garden to donate to YALA’s program partners, live music, a photo booth, drinks, food and complimentary parking. Leave your green thumb print and take a bit of the L.A. Jewish community back home with you. Wed. 7 p.m. $15 (Ben-Gurion Society and Chai Society members), $20 (community presale), $25 (walk-ins). Tiato, 2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 761-8247. jewishla.org.



In this new documentary, director Emmanuel Itier celebrates women healing the world. First exploring the ancient goddess cultures, Itier journeys through the history of women and interviews 100 influential visionaries and scholars. Author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard and Austrian-born social activist Riane Eisler are just two of the featured interviews that showcase what the Jewish woman’s place has been in bettering our planet. Discussion with director following the screening. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $11 (general), $9 (seniors and students), $7 (members). Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456. americancinematheque.com.



Leave your inside-museum voices at home. Longtime pianist, composer and arranger George Kahn brings his all-star band to LACMA Jazz. Featuring vocalists Courtney Lemmon and Gina Saputo, Kahn and his cohorts will provide easy listening. Maybe you’ll even hear some of the latest off of his sixth and most recent album, “Cover Up!” Fri. 6 p.m. Free. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 867-3000. lacma.org.


Join Gustavo Bulgach as he leads his band in a unique exploration of gypsy jazz, old European street songs and Jewish folk music. Representing a new generation of musicians reviving some ancient rhythmic traditions, Klezmer Juice will make noise that the whole family can enjoy. Fri. 6:30 p.m. (summer festival), 8 p.m. (concert). Free. Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. (626) 683-3230. levittpavilionpasadena.org

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