SAT | DECEMBER 26
Charlie Lustman returns to Los Angeles for two special performances of his one-man musical pep rally for those battling cancer: “Made Me Nuclear” is an operetta based on Lustman’s experiences with a rare form of cancer and a manifestation of the passion — music — that helped him through. Sat. 8 p.m. Also, Sun. 8 p.m. $20. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779. mademenuclear.com.
MON | DECEMBER 28
Children with special needs are treated to a camp experience tailored to their individual skill levels and abilities at the Friendship Circle Winter Camp. The weeklong camp features games, sports and field trips assisted by dedicated volunteers who provide one-on-one attention. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hebrew Academy, 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach. (714) 721-9800. friendshipcircleoc.org.
TUE | DECEMBER 29
David Mamet directs the infamously reclusive magician in a production that offers a rare glimpse into Ricky Jay’s life and career. “Ricky Jay: A Rogue’s Gallery — An Evening of Conversation and Performance” includes Jay’s renowned sleight-of-hand illusions and a fair amount of audience interaction. Tue. 8 p.m. Through Jan. 10. $65-$125. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village. (310) 208-5454. geffenplayhouse.com.
WED | DECEMBER 30
Michael Haneke’s Cannes Film Festival award-winning film, “The White Ribbon,” weaves together tales of strange behavior in a strictly Protestant German village pre- World War I. The film is also Germany’s entry for this year’s Academy Awards. Wed. Check theater for show times. $9-$12. Landmark Theatre, 10850 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 281-8233. landmarktheatres.com.
THU | DECEMBER 31
(NEW YEAR’S EVE)
Singles, couples and families are welcome at the Kosher Vegan New Year’s Eve Party, which will feature an all-you-can-eat kosher vegan buffet, courtesy of Rahel’s Vegan Ethiopian Cuisine, two nonalcoholic drinks included, goodie bags, a New Year’s countdown, raffle prizes, music and kids’ activities. Sponsored by VeJEWtarian.org. Thu. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $25. Rahel’s Vegan Ethiopian Cuisine, 1047 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 937-8401. veganday.info.
SUN | JANUARY 3
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center hosts “Music for the Heart and Soul: A Grand Evening of Jewish Music” with cantors from across Southern California including from the hosting temple, the San Gabriel Valley Jewish Chorale, Kol HaEmek, Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica, Temple Beth David in Temple City and Temple Beth Israel in Pomona. Proceeds from the Cantors Assembly Western Region concert benefit the H.L. Miller Cantorial School Scholarship Funds of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Sun. 7 p.m. $18-$50. PJTC, 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. (626) 798-1161. pjtc.net.
FRI | JANUARY 8
Join other singles for a Fabulous and Fun 40s and 50s Singles Shabbat Dinner with wine, appetizers, icebreakers, dinner and an interactive conversation. Guests are welcome to attend the Neshama Minyan services at 5 p.m. prior to the dinner. Fri. 6:30-10 p.m. $20. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. tbala.org/jan8.
Art, science, love and commerce collide when Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at a bar in France to discuss the approaching 20th century in Steve Martin’s comical play, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” The meeting takes place in 1904, and imagines the hopeful discussion between two brilliant young men who are destined to make an indelible mark on civilization. Fri. 8 p.m. Through Feb. 13. $10-$20. The Complex East Theatre, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-7714. plays411.com/picasso.