Jewish Journal


September 14, 2011

Sept. 14-Sept. 23


Pick of the week: Thurs., Sept. 22


Got regrets? You’re not alone. Join comedian Moshe Kasher as he hosts an evening of confession in advance of the High Holy Days with TIME magazine columnist Joel Stein, television writer Tami Sagher (“How I Met Your Mother”), Found magazine co-founder Davy Rothbart, comedian and “Conan” writer Todd Levin, SMITH Magazine founder Larry Smith and actor Michaela Watkins (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”). Reboot sponsors the event as part of its 10Q project (doyou10Q.com). Thu. 8 p.m. $10 cover and $10 food minimum. M Bar, 1253 Vine St., Los Angeles. RSVP to (323) 856-0036. reboot.net.


The clinical psychologist and best-selling author (“The Blessing of a B Minus”) discusses “Your Teens vs. the World” with Rabbi David Wolpe. A book signing follows. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP, (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.

Celebrate 30th years of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market with this inaugural multiday festival, featuring farmers, chefs, artisan food producers, thinkers and food entrepreneurs. Today, kick off the celebration with a farmer-chef cooking demonstration and book signing, including Amelia Saltsman (“The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook”). Over the course of five days, various events — discussions, cooking demonstrations, a symposium and more — promote the relationship between healthy food and good business. Highlights include the Festival and Street Fair; Chefs at Play cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton, Evan Kleiman and others; and a screening of “The Harvest,” a new documentary that looks at U.S. migrant labor. Wed. Through Sept. 18. Various times and prices. Various locations in Santa Monica. (310) 260-1528. goodfoodfestivals.com.


Steven Berkoff’s dark comedy offers an absurdist look at our secret thoughts, exposing the anxieties, desires, fears and prejudices of a Jewish family. Presented by SeaGlass Theatre. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 16. $25. The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 745-5537. seaglasstheatre.org.

Sun | SEPT 18

The Holocaust survivor reads from her memoir, “From Trauma to Triumph,” which details her childhood in Romania under the Nazis and the horrors of life as a concentration camp prisoner, followed by her immigration to Israel, where she served in the air force, and then the United States, where she became a mental health professional. Sun. 2-4 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.

Spend a tempestuous night with Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe, who wants to be his baby mama, as the Celebrity Staged Play Reading series at the Westside JCC kicks off its 22nd season. The cast includes Shelley Berman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Devon Sorvari and Gregory Giles. A Q-and-A with playwright Richard Setlowe follows the performance. Sun. 2 p.m. $16 (general), $14 (JCC members, seniors, students), $12 (senior members, student members), Westside Jewish Community Center, Weinberger Auditorium, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 556-5225. westsidejcc.org.

Kids work for “whirled peace” by creating and decorating pinwheels with messages of peace and tolerance. Organizers of the nonpolitical art installation hope the kids will take their pinwheels home and plant them outside in time for the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), when an estimated 3.5 million pinwheels will spin around the world. Sun. 3 p.m. $8 (adults), $5 (children, 2-17), free (children, under 2). Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.

Known for melodic vocals and spiritually resonant lyrics, the Chasidic reggae star performs with special guests Zadik, a band that combines reggae rhythms with traditional Jewish prayers, in a benefit concert for Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. Sun. 5 p.m. $18-$136, $250 (VIP, includes meet and greet dinner at La Seine). The Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-4900. ticketmaster.com.


The American-born Israeli actress, best-known for her recurring role as Rachel Heinemann on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and as the Russian madam title character on HDNet’s “Svetlana,” discusses and signs her new bawdy memoir, “Machu My Picchu: Searching for Sex, Sanity, and a Soul Mate in South America,” the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2007 book, “Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin.” Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. www.booksoup.com.


For the past 10 years, fans of the Coen brothers’ L.A. noir comedy, “The Big Lebowski,” have gathered in cities around the world to celebrate their devotion to characters like The Dude and Walter Sobchak (“I don’t roll on Shabbos!”). This weekend, the festival returns to Los Angeles with a film screening at The Wiltern and a bowling party at Cal Bowl. Special guests to be announced for both events. Fri. Through Sept. 24. Friday: 8 p.m. $18.50. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Saturday: 9 p.m. $25. Cal Bowl, 2500 E. Carson St., Lakewood. (502) 583-9290. lebowskifest.com.

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