Jewish Journal


September 18, 2013

Calendar September 21–27


Click here for our 2013 Sukkot event calendar.

SAT | SEP 21


Written with honesty, curiosity and humor by Hélène Cixous, “Oy” follows sisters Selma and Jenny as they return home to Paris after a trip to their German hometown to testify about the horrors they endured during the Holocaust. Based on the experiences of the playwright’s family members, the piece works to untangle the memories and emotions of a shared journey. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 20. $34.99 (general), $30 (students, seniors). The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-4264. theactorsgang.com.

SUN | SEP 22


Forget melting pot — Los Angeles is a music pot. Presented in association with the “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition, the Autry celebrates the mishmash that is the L.A. music scene. Christopher “Thes One” Portugal, a record producer and one half of the hip-hop group People Under the Stairs, leads a conversation about these cultural crossovers. Joined by Paul De Castro, California State University, Los Angeles, music professor; Japanese mariachi singer Junko Seki; and Otto Granillo, founder of the band KoTolan, it will truly be a musical mosaic. Sun. 2-4 p.m. $10 (general), $6 (students and seniors), $4 (ages 3-12), free (ages 3 and under, Autry members). The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.


Around the world in — five hours! The Israeli American Council is throwing a fair of international proportions. With different sukkot presenting different countries from around the world, there will be activities, performances and food that might quiet that traveling bug — for at least an afternoon. So come find a sukkah that meets your mood and eat under it, too! Sun. 2-7 p.m. Free. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 836-6700. israeliamerican.org.

TUE | SEP 24


Innovate, strategize, make a difference. YALA, American Jewish World Service, Netiya and MAZON want to address hunger locally and globally. While Sukkot helps us celebrate the bounty we have, take an evening to consider those who have not. MAZON President and CEO Abby Leibman moderates a panel that guarantees some expert difference making with Paula Daniels, former chair of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council; Robert Egger, founder of the L.A. Kitchen; Rabbi Noah Farkas, founder of Netiya; and UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff. Kosher refreshments will be served. Must RSVP. Tue. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8132. jewishla.org.


He’s the acclaimed author of “Motherless Brooklyn,” a MacArthur Fellow, and he has a new novel to discuss with you and NPR’s Madeleine Brand. “Dissident Gardens” is a family saga about three generations of American social radicals. Moving from parlor communism in the 1930s, to McCarthyism, to the civil rights movement, to ’70s communes, to the recent occupy movement, politics and passion prevail. Q&A and book signing follow the program. Tue. Free (RSVP recommended). 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


The boys are back in town! Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch star in the Neil Simon classic. The play tells the story of two aging vaudeville stars who reunite for a TV special years after a bad breakup. Directed by Thea Sharrock and co-starring Justin Bartha, it’s a funny production with a whole lotta heart. Tue. 8 p.m. Through Nov. 3. $40-$90. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 628-2772. centertheatregroup.org

WED | SEP 25


Start your day in a strong way, ladies. The Nashuva founder and spiritual leader speaks on “A New Day, A New Way” during a morning of discussion, growth and transformation. Learn about yourself as women, professionals, mothers, wives, daughters and friends. With breakfast under the American Jewish University sukkah, it will be a very special, very spiritual morning indeed. Wed. 10 a.m. $25 (nonmembers), free (University Women members). American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Muholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1283. aju.edu.

THU | SEP 26


Nothing is clearer than when it’s Billy Crystal clear. With the wit and heart we all love to love, Crystal’s new book, “Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?” deftly monitors the absurdities and obstacles that come with aging. Whether you enjoy him as an Oscar host, as the voice of a certain animated monster or as Harry — he’s probably one of the closest friends you’ll have in a stranger. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.

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