Pick of the Week:
After pleading guilty in an Indian lobbying scandal, powerful GOP lobbyist Abramoff spent more than three years in federal prison for tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiring to bribe lawmakers. Join Robert Wexler, president of American Jewish University, for a discussion with Abramoff, author of “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist.” A book signing follows. Sun. 4 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
SAT | MARCH 31
GOOD FOOD DAY LA
Presented by The Los Angeles Food Policy Council and the office of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, this citywide Cesar Chavez Day event celebrates and raises awareness about our local food system. Nearly 40 sites around the city bring together thousands of volunteers and participants in activities, including garden plantings, cooking demonstrations, neighborhood cooking competitions and food policy trainings. A food festival at Metabolic Studio, under the Spring Street Bridge, includes a cabbage cook-off, “From Kim Chee to Coleslaw,” featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold as judge, and a panel discussion moderated by KCRW’s Evan Kleiman on “From the Local to the Global: Will Food Ever Be Fair?” Other festivities include a resource fair, food trucks, chef demonstrations and live music. Sat. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Opening ceremony (9 a.m.): Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown. Festival (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.): Metabolic Studio, 1745 N. Spring St., No. 4, downtown. goodfoodla.org.
Sage performs her blend of folk-rock and pop during a record release show for her 10th album, “Haunted by You.” The singer-songwriter first recorded her own material when she received a four-track cassette recorder for her bat mitzvah, and her 2010 release, “Delancey Street,” drew inspiration from her immigrant Jewish heritage, blending Middle Eastern sonic influences and playful Yiddish. 21 and over only. Sat. 8 p.m. $10. Hotel Cafe, 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 461-2040. hotelcafe.com.
“NO TIME TO WEEP”
Forcibly removed from her home in Hungary in 1944, 14-year-old Lucy Deutsch and her family are sent to a ghetto and then to
Auschwitz, where she was the only child in the barracks. Playwright Lucy Deutsch adapts her autobiography, “Shattered Childhood,” into a musical that details how she emerged from the camps in triumph. Sat. Through June 3. 8 p.m. (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sunday). $30. Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 960-7780. lucydeutsch.com.
“MY BROOKLYN HAMLET”
In 1995, Brenda Adelman’s father shot and killed her mother. He served less than three years for involuntary manslaughter and married his dead wife’s sister. Adelman turned to the performing arts to cope with her grief, leading her to write this one-woman show, a real-life Shakespearean tragedy of murder, love, betrayal and forgiveness set in New York. Sat. Through April 28. 8 p.m. (Thursday and Saturday). $22.50. Studio C Artists, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 988-1175. mybrooklynhamlet.eventbrite.com.
When writer-actor Mike Schlitt, a self-described non-practicing Jew and “movie zealot,” took a job at a religious theme park managing post-production for a motion-control ride about the life of Jesus, he watched 33 biopics about Christianity’s central figure. Armed with clips and father issues of his own, Schlitt re-creates his cinematic journey in this comedic one-man show. Sat. Through April 8. 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 1 p.m. (Sunday). $15 (general), $12 (seniors and students). Son of Semele Ensemble, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 993-7263. sonofsemele.org.
SUN | APRIL 1
HEALTHY KIDS FORUM
Join CBS 2/KCAL 9 meteorologist Josh Rubenstein, Temple Judea and Providence Tarzana Medical Center for a forum that includes physician-led groups addressing kids’ health issues including allergies, child obesity, puberty, sports injuries and the hazards of social media, as well as a vendor fair featuring local health and wellness providers. Sun. 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Free (childcare provided). Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. RSVP required. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com/healthykidsforum.
TUE | APRIL 3
“NEW AMERICAN HAGGADAH” DISCUSSION
East Side Jews co-founder Jill Soloway; Caroline Libresco, senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival; and Eileen Levinson, a L.A.-based artist and creator of Haggadot.com, lead a discussion about Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander’s “New American Haggadah,” which features a new translation of the traditional text and provocative commentary. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. skylightbooks.com.
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