Jewish Journal


May 6, 2009

Picks and Clicks for May 9–15, 2009


Celebrate Lag B'Omer at the Santa Monica Pier.

Celebrate Lag B'Omer at the Santa Monica Pier.


To raise money for its services and programs, Nashuva is auctioning off four tickets to the final singing competition of “American Idol” on May 19 and another pair of tickets to the finals on May 20. The donated tickets are now being auctioned on Nashuva’s Web site; bidding began May 1 with a minimum of $1,500 for one pair of tickets and ends May 12 at 9 p.m. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). www.nashuva.com.

SUN | MAY 10

With its quotable lines (“Nobody puts Baby in a corner”), legendary soundtrack (“I’ve Had the Time of My Life”) and sensational dance numbers, “Dirty Dancing” was a worldwide phenomenon in the late ‘80s that’s now hitting the stage. Spruced up by the film’s original screenwriter, “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage” has new songs and scenes that make the show fresh even for those who’ve seen the movie 300 times. Sun. 6 p.m. (opening night). Through June 28. $25-$150. The Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 982-2787. www.broadwayla.org.

MON | MAY 11

More than 20 local Sephardic synagogues and organizations are joining forces with Sephardic Tradition and Recreation (S.T.A.R.) to bring the Jewish community together for an unprecedented, massive Lag B’Omer extravaganza. The coalition is renting out the entire Santa Monica Pier — it will be closed to the general public — and complementing its rides and games with live music by local favorite Pini Cohen and DJ Moshe H’Yafe, kosher food and more. Mon. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $8 (prepaid admission), $10 (prepaid, unlimited rides), $20 (at the gate). Santa Monica Pier. Call for a list of local synagogues selling wristbands: (818) 782-7359.

In his memoir, “Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin,” Emil Draitser tells how he developed the habit of lowering his voice every time he uttered the word “Jewish” in public. Draitser, professor of Russian at Hunter College in New York City, writes about his childhood in the anti-Semitic, post-Holocaust Soviet Union and gives a panoramic view of two centuries of Jewish history in Russia. Mon. 6:30 p.m. Free. Westwood Branch Library, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1739..(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Join the festive Lag B’Omer celebrations at the only beach in Los Angeles that allows bonfires. JconnectLA’s annual Lag B’Omer bash at Dockweiler Beach — which drew nearly 400 people last year — will include bonfires, live music, a jam session, rallies, prizes and a barbecue. Bring instruments and a sweatshirt. Mon. 6 p.m. Minimal charge for barbecue (cash only). Dockweiler Beach, 12000 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. (310) 405-2336. www.jconnectla.com.

Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black. Photo by Tom Keller

TUE | MAY 12

Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black, who received the 2009 best original screenplay Oscar for “Milk,” will be the featured speaker at the Whizin Center’s Bruce Geller Screenwriting Award reception, honoring the winners of its annual screenwriting competition. Robert Wexler, president of American Jewish University, will interview Black about the process of researching, writing and selling a script in Hollywood. Tue. 6 p.m. (cocktails), 7 p.m. (program), 8:15 p.m. (awards and dessert reception). $10. AJU Familian Campus, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. required. (310) 440-1246. www.ajula.edu.

The Magbit Foundation is marking its 20th anniversary and Israel’s 61st at its annual fundraising gala, featuring a musical performance by Israeli superstar David D’Or. Magbit, run primarily by young professionals, raises funds to assist Israeli students with their educational expenses by providing them with interest-free loans. Tue. 6:30 p.m. (cocktails), 7:30 p.m. (dinner). $250 (students), $500-$1,500. The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2233. www.magbit.org.

WED | MAY 13

The Israeli Leadership Council is hosting its first annual gala, recognizing Israeli American leadership in Los Angeles and celebrating Israel’s Independence Day. Two Israeli music icons, Rami Kleinstein and Einat Saruf, will perform and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Leo David will be honored with special awards. Proceeds from the event will go toward empowering an active and involved Israeli community. Wed. 6:30 p.m. (reception), 7:30 p.m. (program and dinner). $300 and up. The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 821-9919. www.israelileadership.com.

University Women of American Jewish University will honor Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Ed Asner and community activist Sue Meltzer at its Author/Artists Luncheon. Asner will receive the Burning Bush Award, while Meltzer will be named Woman of Achievement for her various leadership roles in the Jewish community. The luncheon will also include a special appearance by Elliott Gould and a musical interlude with a young artist. Wed. 10 a.m (boutique), 11:45 a.m. (luncheon). $120. The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 440-1283. www.ajula.edu.

THU | MAY 14

NBC4 weather forecaster Fritz Coleman will moderate a free public symposium on the regional drought that is plaguing Los Angeles. Policymakers, scientists and environmental experts will discuss the less-than-glamorous but critical issues surrounding our water supply. Panelists include H. David Nahai, general manager and CEO of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Dr. Hilary Godwin, associate dean at UCLA’s School of Public Health; and Dr. Yoram Cohen, director of the Water Technology Research Center at UCLA. The documentary “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?” will also be screened and discussed. Sponsored by Temple Beth Am’s Green Team. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354. www.tbala.org/green.

Scholar and author Peter Balakian will share his latest book, “Armenian Golgatha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1918” at a discussion hosted by Facing History and Ourselves and the Allstate Foundation. Balakian’s book tells the story of his great-uncle, Grigoris Balakian, who witnessed first-hand the atrocities that his generation of Armenians endured. Peter Balakian also wrote “The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response.” Thu. Noon. Free. Glendale Community College, SR 138 Krieder Hall, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Also, 7:30 p.m. Free. Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. required. (626) 744-1177, ext. 23. www.facinghistory.org/allstate.

Israeli-born Moshe Brakha photographed the likes of Madonna, Devo, The Screamers and other punk legends long before they made the covers of magazines; later, he photographed musicians who were already megastars: Sting, Ringo Starr, The Beastie Boys, Diana Ross, The Ramones and others. “Occupation Dreamer: The Photography of Moshe Brakha,” an exhibit premiering at the Grammy Museum, features black-and-white and color photos Brakha took between 1976 and 1986. Thu. 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Through Aug. 9. $10-$14 (museum admission). Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 765-6800. www.grammymuseum.org.

The Jewish Federation recently hosted a community resource fair in the city; a second one in the San Fernando Valley offers members of the community an opportunity to access valuable services that can help those affected by the economic downturn. Assistance with short-term and long-term financial needs, as well as emotional support and career counseling are available from these organizations at the fair: Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Vocational Service (job search assistance), Jewish Free Loan Association, Camp/Israel Scholarship Programs and By Design Financial Solutions (credit counseling). Thu. 4-7 p.m. The Jewish Federation Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. R.S.V.P. required: (818) 464-3219 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). www.jewishla.org.

FRI | MAY 15

“Not Forgotten,” co-written and directed by Israeli filmmaker Dror Soref, is about a man who has it all, a beautiful wife and charming daughter, until his past comes back to haunt him and he has to return to a dark cult religion he once practiced in order to retrieve his missing daughter. The thriller explores the real Mexican spiritual sect of La Santa Muerte, a controversial group that worships Saint Death. Opens today in theaters. www.notforgottenmovie.com.

South Coast Repertory is reviving Donald Margulies’ “Collected Stories,” a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about a middle-aged professor and writer who takes a young female graduate under her wing. The play was first performed in 1996 at SCR, after which it had an off-Broadway run and was produced throughout the world. Fri. 8 p.m. (preview). Through June 14. $20-$64. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5555. www.scr.org.

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