Jewish Journal


October 14, 2009

Picks and Clicks for October 17– October 23, 2009



Jewish actress Alicia Silverstone may have been out of the limelight this past year, but she’s kept busy as a dedicated conservationist. She will be signing copies of her first book, “The Kind Diet”  (Rodale Books), a collection of vegan recipes promoting a healthy lifestyle and a healthy planet. Sat. 1 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 260-9110. bn.com.

Unconventional singer, violionist and composer Iva Bittová experiments with various influences in creating her abstract works, blending classical music, Romani music from the Moravian villages in the Czech Republic, where she was raised, and sounds from her gypsy Jewish ancestors. Her intimate performance will be preceded by a reception hosted by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic. Sat. 8:30 p.m. $20 ( performance), $40 (performance and reception). Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 343-6600. luckmanarts.org.

Henry Jaglom’s new play, “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” centers on a family of actors who host a potential son-in-law over a weekend, but find he does not share their generations-long dedication to theater. This world premiere of the play stars Tanna Frederick, Julie Davis, David Garver, Jack Heller, David Proval, Diane Salinger and Harriet Schock. Tonight’s gala opening-night performance will be followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and music. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 20. $25 (regular performances), $100 (gala). Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-7327. edgemarcenter.org.


Talk show host Bill Moran will moderate a discussion with two of the most influential American songwriters and producers of all time: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who are responsible for such post-World War II pop songs as “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand by Me” and “Poison Ivy.” Following the discussion, Leiber and Stoller will sign copies of their recently published memoir, “Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography.” Sun. 2 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.

Grammy-nominated songstress Sheila E. headlines the inaugural Vista Del Mar Jazzfest, raising money for Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. Sheila E. will be joined on stage by The E Family, saxophonist Dave Koz, composer and keyboardist Patrice Rushen, drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, vocalist TC Carson and actress and singer Sylvia Brooks. Special guests at this fundraiser will include KTTV Fox 11 and KCOP My13 news anchor Christine Devine and 2009 National Adoption Day spokesperson, actress and director Nia Vardalos. Sun. 1-5 p.m. $25. Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 473-4147. vistadelmarjazzfest.org.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s season opening performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” and John Adams’ “Choruses from the Death of Klinghoffer” at Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of many concerts around the world celebrating the power of music to bridge cultural barriers as part of the eighth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Itzhak Perlman, Herbie Hancock, Matisyahu, Ravi Shankar and Joshua Bell are a few of the other artists participating in the peace-promoting initiative, which will include more than 850 performances in 53 countries throughout the month of October. Sun. 7 p.m. $19-$124. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-7282. lamc.org. danielpearlmusicdays.org.

Historian and author Melvin I. Urofsky will illuminate the life and multiple careers of legendary Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis. Urofsky will discuss, among other notable achievements, the role Brandeis played in transforming Zionism into a political force in American Jewish affairs. The historian, who studied family papers and materials never before accessible to the public, will sign copies of the biography that resulted from his research: “Louis D. Brandeis: A Life.” Sun. 2 p.m. $5 (free for members and students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org. (For more information on the biography, see article on Page 35.)

Beit T’Shuvah’s Family Wellness Program invites the community — from grandparents to children over 12 years old — to participate in a free seminar that focuses on issues that affect family life, including workshops like “Spiritual Parenting” and “I Hate You/Give Me Money.” “L’Dor V’Dor: What Are We Passing On?” will begin with a keynote address by Valley Beth Shalom’s Rabbi Ed Feinstein, followed by six workshops, of which attendees may select two. Sun. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. beittshuvahla.org.

The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance is sponsoring an all-volunteer program to help SOVA feed the city’s hungry. Coordinated by Temple Ahavat Shalom, “Feeding the Hungry” will put volunteers to work assembling 40,000 meals; volunteers must sign up in advance in order to participate. Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org.


“Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags” explores the glory days and historical demise of New York City’s storied garment — or schmatta — industry, which paved the road for many Jewish immigrants to rise from poverty to the upper middle class. With increased outsourcing, the manufacture of clothing in the United States has dropped from 95 percent in 1965 to 5 percent today. The documentary includes interviews with fashion industry executives and celebrities such as Stan Herman, Irving Rousso, Calvin Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, Ralph Lauren and Anna Sui. Mon. 9 p.m. HBO.


Students from the Art Center College of Design marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — a document articulating rights to which all human beings are entitled — by creating large-scale graphic posters that reflect their own interpretations of the declaration. Tackling topics such as slavery, child soldiers, sweatshop workers and racism, each poster in the exhibition, “Images for Human Rights: Student Voices,” is accompanied by the text of the article that inspired it, as well as commentary by the student artist. Tue.-Fri., Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through March 14, 2010. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education is offering a four-part course titled, “One God, Two Faiths: The Jewish/LDS Dialogues,” taught by Rabbi John Crites-Borak and Mark Paredes. The course explores the doctrinal differences and similarities in four foundational concepts common to both Judaism and Latter-day Saints. Tonight’s lecture, “God’s Covenant With Abraham,” will explore the statement made by God to Abraham, “You shall be the father of a multitude of nations.” Tue. 8-9:30 p.m. Through Dec. 8. $73 (series). AJU, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. ajula.edu.


“Women Rabbis: Trailblazers and Innovators,” a public discussion sponsored by The Jewish Journal and Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, will feature Rabbi Sharon Brous from IKAR, Rabbi Denise L. Eger from Congregation Kol Ami, Rabbi Laura Geller from Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Rabbi Zoë Klein of Temple Isaiah, Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva, Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh of Temple Israel of Hollywood, Rabbi Debra Orenstein of Makom Ohr Shalom and Susan Freudenheim, The Jewish Journal’s managing editor, as the moderator. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SOVA. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $10 (presale), $15 (at the door). Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 368-1661, ext. 251.

Ed Asner and Jonathan Silverman star in “Once in a Lifetime,” a George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart classic screwball comedy poking fun at Tinseltown, with ditzy starlets, ego-driven studio heads and a trio of scheming vaudevillians. An L.A. Theatre Works production, directed by Christopher Hart — the son of the legendary playwright — to be broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. Wed. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 25. $20-$48. L.A. Theatre Works at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. latw.org.

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