Jewish Journal


August 1, 2009

Picks and Clicks for August 1–7, 2009




After 30 years of being out of print, “Yiddish Sayings Mama Never Taught You” by Marvin S. Zuckerman and Gershon Weltman is back with the coarse, earthy language and saucy Yiddish folk sayings that made it a favorite when it first appeared in 1975. Arbeter Ring and Yiddishkayt L.A. are throwing a re-launch party (adults only!) with the authors, with books for purchase and refreshments. Sat. 8 p.m. $5 (members), $10 (general). Free with a book purchase. Arbeter Ring (Workmen’s Circle), 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Shabbat Nachamu is the first Saturday after Tisha B’Av, a traditionally auspicious time for singles to gather to find their beshert. Sephardic Temple Young Leadership, Sephardic Educational Center and JCafeLA are hosting “Club Mediterranean: A Shabbat Nachamu Celebration,” a night of nonstop entertainment. There will be DJs playing Israeli, Persian and Latin dance music, a performance by a flamenco dance troupe and guitarist, a musical tribute to Israel by Ilana Bostwick, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and dessert in the gardens (dietary laws observed). Ages 21-40. Sat. 9 p.m. $15 (presale), $20-$25 (at the door). Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-7311. sephardictemple.org.

Karen Hartman’s “Goliath,” set in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s tense 2005 pullout, is part of the two-month First Look Festival of Plays presented by the Open Fist Theatre Company. In “Goliath,” Hartman poses the question of who is David and who is Goliath in the battle over ideals between an American settler, a Palestinian worker, an Ethiopian soldier and an Israeli army commander. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 16. $23. Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 882-6912. openfist.org.

After nine months and 81 performances, singer-songwriter and cancer survivor Charlie Lustman is back at the Santa Monica Playhouse for an encore presentation of his pop music operetta, “Made Me Nuclear, The Operetta,” sponsored by Whole Foods Market Santa Monica. This inspiring tale of surviving cancer was chosen as an L.A. Times Critic’s Choice. Sat. 8-9 p.m. $20. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (866) 468-3399. mademenuclear.com.


Parks throughout the city host free concerts during the summer; Plummer Park in West Hollywood has a lineup that includes fresh renditions of Jewish soul music by Klezmer Juice this week and Latin jazz by Susie Hansen Latin Band on Aug. 30. Chairs are provided, or guests are welcome to bring blankets for a picnic on the grass. Sun. 3 p.m. Free. Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-6883. weho.org/arts.


JconnectLA and Jewlicious are celebrating the Jewish version of Valentine’s Day (Tu B’Av is a few thousand years older) with LoveFest09, featuring live music by Moshav, Rav Shmuel and Dov Rosenblatt, DJ Eric Rosen and Cajami on the turntables, a vendor’s market, dining options, speed dating and other activities. Wed. 8 p.m.-midnight. $10 (presale), $15 (at the door). Bungalow Club, 7174 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (714) 403-3742. jconnectla.com.


The 2009 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival may have ended in April, but its programming continues with a special screening of “The Wedding Song” (“Le Chant des Mariees”), a film by French-Tunisian filmmaker Karin Albou, who won the Cannes Critics’ Week Best Screenplay for “La Petite Jerusalem.” The film tells the tale of two teenage girls, one Muslim, the other Jewish, whose lifelong friendship is tested by the political turmoil of 1942 Tunis and their own impending weddings. A Q-and-A session with Albou, who also acts in the film, will follow the screening. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10. Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.


Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the shootings at the Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills with a Friday night service and program that will include two of the victims shot that day, Mindy Finkelstein and Josh Stepakoff, as well as Josh Horwitz, the author of “Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea” and the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Fri. 8 p.m. Free. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 19720 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 885-1972. tasnorthridge.org.

The Feel Good Film Festival features 60 films, shorts and Webisodes for adults and children that have positive themes, happy endings, are funny, light-hearted and capture the good in our world. The opening night gala will include a screening of “Rock Slyde” and the closing night ceremony will pay tribute to film and television legend Ed Asner. Other festival happenings include an original song competition, a panel discussion, live musical performances and a yellow carpet entrance — in honor of the Feel Good sunflower logo. Through Aug. 9. $10 (per screening), $45 (day pass). Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. fgff.org.


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