LAG B’OMER PICKS FOR SUN | MAY 22
LAG B’OMER — DAY OF JEWISH UNITY
Party in Pico-Robertson with Chaim Fogelman, the Cheder Boys Choir, the Platt Brothers and TNT Dunk Squad, followed by a parade with marching bands and floats. Then stay for the fair, including rides, games booths, petting zoo and kosher food stands. Sun. 10:30 a.m. (concert), 11:30 a.m. (parade), 12:45-4 p.m. (fair). Free. Pico Boulevard, between Doheny and Wetherly drives, Los Angeles. (310) 208-7511, ext. 270. lagbomerla.blogspot.com.
Moshav Band headlines with alternative rockers Purdue Avenue in a benefit concert for Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. Sun. 5 p.m. (Purdue Avenue performs), 6 p.m. (Moshav Band). $15 (Purdue Avenue admission), $25 (Moshav Band admission), $30 (admission for both concerts). JCC of Redondo Beach, 2108 Vail Ave., Redondo Beach. (310) 214-4999. jccmb.com.
LAG B’OMER BEACH BONFIRE BBQ
JConnectLA and Haichal Moshe celebrate with a bonfire party at Dockweiler Beach. Bring your guitar, tambourine, sax, fiddle or drum to take part in a jam session on the sand. Sun. 6-10 p.m. Free. Dockweiler Beach, 12001 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com
Jewcy.com celebrates Lag b’Omer with a bonfire, music, comedy, an open bar, tacos and free straight-razor shaves in Echo Park. Performances by Moshe Kasher, Ali Waller, Matt Braunger, Taffy Brodesser-Akner and The Coals. Sun. 6-10 p.m. $10. 21 and over. Mi Alma, 1901 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles. jewcy.com.
SAT | MAY 21
LOVE IN THE TIME OF NEUROSIS
American Cinemateque honors Albert Brooks’ comedy with a double-feature screening of “Defending Your Life” (1991) and “Modern Romance” (1981). Sat. 7:30 p.m. $11 (general), $9 (seniors and students). Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456. americancinematheque.com.
SUN | MAY 22
JEWISH ANTIQUES APPRAISAL SHOW
Is your heirloom Judaica priceless or bubkes? Find out when David Streets, a 25-year expert in fine art, antiques, celebrity memorabilia and Judaica, appraises your Kiddush cups, chanukiyot, seder plates and other precious family pieces at Gindi Auditorium. TRIBE Live! Events, American Jewish University and Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary co-sponsor. Sun. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $10 (free appraisals). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (213) 368-1661. ajula.edu.
ISRAEL EXPO 2011
Celebrate Israel’s 63rd birthday with concerts; carnival rides, camels and inflatable slides; a marketplace with more than 60 exhibitors; a simcha expo; Lag b’Omer activities; Israeli food, movies and more. Sun. 1-6 p.m. Free (admission only). Samueli Jewish Campus at the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County, 1 Federation Way, Irvine. (949) 435-3484. jewishorangecounty.org/expo.
WED | MAY 25
ONCE IN 100 YEARS
Comedian Craig Ferguson, host of “The Late Late Show,” and the Grammy-winning band Train (“Drops of Jupiter”) perform at The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles’ centennial celebration. Wed. 5:30 p.m. $180 (35 and under), $500 (general). Barker Hangar, 2031 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 761-8297. jewishla.org.
THU | MAY 26
MAX MAVEN — JEWS IN MAGIC
The acclaimed mentalist, magician and author explores why and how Jewish magicians flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Arrive early and view the “Houdini: Art and Magic” and “Masters of Illusion” exhibitions for free. Thu. 8 p.m. $12 (general), $10 (Skirball members), $6 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
FRI | MAY 27
“SOUTH OF DELANCEY”
Before Judge Judy or Jerry Springer, there was Rabbi Rubin. Inspired by true stories broadcast on Yiddish radio from a Lower East Side Jewish arbitration court, “South of Delancy” re-enacts three cases from the 1930s and ’40s: a woman who doubts her husband’s feelings for her, two feuding sisters who share a home, and a lustful couple who married to save face. Fri. Through June 26. 8 p.m. $25 (general), $20 (students-seniors). Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. (866) 811-4111. www.southofdelancey.com.
SHABBAT AT THE PROMENADE
Sing, dance and celebrate Shabbat on Third Street Promenade. Rabbi Monty Turner from Makom Ohr Shalom, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in Encino, leads services tonight. Fri. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Third Street Promenade, 1460 Third St., Santa Monica. (323) 472-7484.