Cronenberg David at Cannes in 2002. Photo by Rita Molnár/Wikipedia
SAT | NOV 12
“POETICS AND PLAYS”
Actor David Greenspan blends two antithetical texts on theater — Aristotle’s “Poetics” and Gertrude Stein’s “Plays”— for an unlikely one-man show. A conversation with Greenspan follows today’s 3 p.m. performance at the Getty Villa. The show complements the museum’s “Modern Antiquity” exhibition. Sat. Through Nov. 13. 3 and 8 p.m. (Saturday), 3 p.m. (Sunday). $15 (general), $12 (students, seniors). Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.
SUN | NOV 13
Following Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, the Polish communist government joined other Soviet bloc states in launching an “anti-Zionist” campaign. Inspired by a true story, this award-winning film follows Kamila, a beautiful young woman, code name Little Rose, who is ordered by her Polish secret police lover to seduce a professor suspected of Zionist and anti-communist sympathies. A post-screening Q-and-A features faculty members from CSUN’s Jewish studies and history departments. Co-sponsored by Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Kol Tikvah, Temple Ramat Zion, Shomrei Torah Synagogue and Valley Beth Shalom. Sun. 10 a.m. Free (RSVP required). Laemmle’s Fallbrook Theater, 6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. RSVP (818) 677-4724 or e-mail email@example.com.
“THE HEART AND SOUL OF CAREGIVING”
How do you provide the best in-home care for the elderly and memory-impaired? Get answers during this panel discussion with Estee Bienstock, founder of Allpoint Home Health; Rabbi Jan Offel, a member of the Senior Resource Faculty of the National Center for Jewish Healing; and Stephen Winner, senior vice president of Silverado Senior Living. Co-sponsored by Silverado Senior Living and The Jewish Journal. Kosher food and refreshments provided. Sun. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free (RSVP requested). Silverado Senior Living — Beverly Place, 330 N. Hayworth Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 368-1661.
The Jewish singer, who placed third in 2006 on “American Idol,” performs tonight at the intimate Hotel Café. Yamin — known for the hit song “Wait for You” — features a contemporary blend of r&b and pop that is both slick and romantic. Ages 21 and over. Sun. 8:30 p.m. $15. The Hotel Café, 1623 1/2 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. hotelcafe.com.
TUE | NOV 15
The American-Israeli historian and journalist discusses “How It Broke, How to Fix It: The Crisis of Israeli Democracy and What to Do About It.” Gorenberg presents an overview of Israel’s past, examines its present and offers hope for the future, drawing examples from his new book, “The Unmaking of Israel.” The New Israel Fund, IKAR, Temple Beth Am, the Shtibl Minyan and Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater co-sponsor. Refreshments served. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.
WED | NOV 16
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival presents a sneak preview of Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method.” Drawn from true events, the film looks at the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the troubled but beautiful Russian-Jewish woman who comes between them. Cronenberg (“Eastern Promises,” “A History of Violence”) appears in a post-screening Q-and-A with Jewish Journal Arts & Entertainment Editor Naomi Pfefferman. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free (reservations required). Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.
THU | NOV 17
“ITALY MADE! PASSIONS AND PROJECTS”
Before the rise of fascism in Italy and the outbreak of World War II, Jews played an important role in Italian society, particularly the military and government. Today’s symposium, part of a three-day conference marking the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, examines the role that Jewish leadership played in the country’s evolution into a nation-state. The Embassy of Italy-Washington, the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies are among the event’s co-sponsors. Thu. 1 p.m. Free (pre-registration required). Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.
FRI | NOV 18
YIRAH: AWE-INSPIRING WILDERNESS ADVENTURES
Camping and hiking highlight this trip organized by TorahTrek, which emphasizes the benefits of praying in nature. Intended for fit and active 20- and 30-somethings, the overnight jaunt features a 3.5-mile round-trip trek to The Grotto, a watering hole among boulders, Shabbat dinner at a campground — bring instruments, scary stories and marshmallows — and a six-mile hike to Sandstone Peak, the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. Fri. 4 p.m. through Sat. 3 p.m. $54 (general), $36 (students, under-employed and unemployed). Circle X Ranch, 12896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu (meeting place). (443) 722-4294. torahtrek.org.