Jewish Journal


July 2, 2009

Calendar Picks and Clicks July 4–10, 2009


SUN | July 5

JconnectLA and the Chai Center join forces for their annual Independence Day barbeque for Jews ages 21-39. Kosher hot dogs, burgers (veggie burgers will also be available), beer, chips and salsa are on the menu for the Fourth of July celebration at a Malibu mansion. Sun. 2-6 p.m. $13 (prepaid online), $18 (at the door). 6288 Porterdale Drive, Malibu. Free parking on PCH and free shuttle to the mansion. (714) 403-3742. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). www.chaicenter.org/july4.


The Fishtank Ensemble is a wild medley of musical influences: gypsy, Balkan, world music, flamenco, jazz and others. So it is fitting that this multi-flavored collective would put on a show that celebrates the current popularity of music that cannot be categorized. Balkanvillian Cabaret will feature neo-punk, cabaret, burlesque, steampunk gypsy, chamber pop, New Orleans and New Wave music, some within the same band’s repertoire. A few of the scheduled performers include Knomi, Ukulele Loki’s Gadabout Orchestra, Petrojvic Blasting Company and Fishtank Ensemble. Tue. 9 p.m. $10. Bordello, 901 E. First St., Los Angeles. www.bordellobar.com.


Tweet and meet at JconnectLA’s first Jewish Tweet Up. The social mixer borrows from the popular social networking site and keeps things simple: no speeches, no pitches, no commitments, just an opportunity to step away from the screen and get some face-to-face time with other young professionals. Wed. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. JconnectLA will tweet the location, so be sure to follow the group on Twitter. www.jconnectla.com.

The radio series, L.A. Theatre Works, will record Friedrich Durrenmatt’s satirical murder mystery, “The Physicists,” about a brilliant physicist committed to a madhouse and haunted by visions of King Solomon. His friends in the asylum are scientists who believe they are Einstein and Newton. Wed. 8 p.m. Through July 12. $20-$48. L.A. Theatre Works at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. www.latw.org.


Conversations at Leon’s tackles the pharmaceutical industry with a discussion “Big Pharma: The Legal Drug Cartel” led by medical psychologist Ralph Diner. Discussion points will include the power of the pharmacological lobby in Washington, the FDA, which drugs affect your sexual desire and what drugs are currently being developed to treat various ailments. Thu. 8-10 p.m. $17 (before July 8), $20 (after). Private residence in Sherman Oaks. (818) 986-9899. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Teach your children the traditions of Shabbat at the Challah Braiders Program hosted by Simi Valley’s Chabad Jewish Center. Open to boys and girls ages 3-12, the three-class series will include challah-baking lessons — there is more than one way to make a challah! — a Jewish craft project, a Shabbat song lesson as well as instructions on how to prepare a Shabbat table, light candles and make kiddush. Thu. 3:30-5 p.m. Also, July 16 and 23. $28 (includes all materials). Chabad Jewish Center, 4464 Alamo St., Simi Valley. (805) 577-0573. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Laurence Juber is making the rounds in Los Angeles with guitar in hand. Considered one of the leading acoustic guitarists of his generation, Juber combines elements of jazz, blues, rock and folk with his distinctive voice to create music that defies categorization. Fri. 8 p.m. $25. The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena. (626) 398-7917.

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