Artists Daniel Goldstein and John Kapellas have assembled their most innovative work yet: a 7-foot-tall human figure made of 300 AIDS medication bottles and 139 syringes. Their art, encapsulated in the new exhibit "Make Art/Stop AIDS" is as gritty as their subject matter. Showcasing contemporary paintings and sculptures, photographs, digital media and installations, this exhibition will travel to Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and India over the next two years to raise awareness of the global AIDS crisis, but you can see it here through June 15. Noon-5 p.m. (Wed.-Sun.). Free. Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4361. http://www.fowler.ucla.edu.
Israel is not the only one celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. Temple Beth David, a Reform synagogue in the San Gabriel Valley, also was founded in 1948 and is marking the event with a 60th Anniversary Concert featuring Grammy Award-winning composer and singer Doug Cotler and singer Julie Silver. Underwritten by the Kohl Youth Fund and the Dorothy Singer Simon Music Fund, the concert is being held in memory of Dorothy Singer Simon, the synagogue's first choir director. 7 p.m. $5 (children), $10 (adults), $25 (families). Temple Beth David, 9677 Longden Ave., Temple City. (626) 287-9994. http://www.templebd.com.
Conversations at Leon's (50s-60s) is still going strong with lively weekly gatherings and festive monthly mixers. One Saturday a month is "Saturday Night Singles," with "good food, good friends and good fun." 7:30 p.m. $17-$20 (includes dinner and drinks). Sherman Oaks residence, 13442 Weddington St., Sherman Oaks. R.S.V.P. required, (818) 986-9899.
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Green is the new black. If you want to be in vogue, it's time to increase your green I.Q. at this all-congregational Green Fair. Environmentally conscious Jews everywhere are invited to demonstrate their commitment to going green at this full-blown festival with booths, vendors, product demonstrations and speakers, all teaching you how to minimize your carbon footprint. Keynote speaker Lee Wallach, president of the Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life, says Jews have a responsibility to be stewards of the Earth. Little stewards can learn, too: There will be activities for children that emphasize caring for the environment. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
The feature documentary, "Salud!" (which means "health" in Spanish) examines the role Cuba endeavors to play in making healthcare a global birthright. It explores the contributions of 28,000 Cuban health professionals working in 68 countries, as well as the 30,000 medical students in Cuba and how they aspire to improve access to quality healthcare around the world. 7 p.m. $5. The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. http://www.circlesocal.org.
For the young and politically minded, Zionist Organization of America is hosting Gil Hoffman, chief political analyst for the Jerusalem Post, for "Young Professionals Night." Aspiring activists, politicians or just plain curious people ages 21-40 are invited to this swanky lounge setting to drink, mingle and discuss pressing issues facing Israel like Iran, Iraq, and an American election year. 7:30 p.m. $5. The Bungalow Club, 7174 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (818) 342-3363.
If your last name is Cohen or Levi, you are said to be part of a distinguished family -- the House of Aharon HaKohen or the Tribe of Levi. The Cohen-Levi Family Heritage Web site says, "You are a link in an unbroken chain of history, reaching back more than 3,000 years. You are the tribe that never got lost!" Sponsored by Aish, "A Gathering of the Tribe" is a conference for those interested in learning more about their unique heritage and responsibilities. There will be discussions by leading scholars and personalities in the field such as Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman, author of "DNA and Tradition" and director of the Center for Kohanim in Jerusalem. Topics will include blessing, purity, marriage and DNA. 8-10 a.m. (service and brunch), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (presentations). Free. Aish L.A. Center, 1417 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672. http://www.cohen-levi.org.
Mehnaz M. Afridi believes Jews and Muslims have more in common than they think. An academic with an extensive interest in modern Islamic identity, Judaism and the Jewish Diaspora, Afridi is committed to stimulating new dialogue on the religious, cultural and literary ties and tensions between Jews and Muslims. For three hours, she'll espouse her wisdom on "An Illuminated History of Jewish-Muslim Relations" and their many, often overlooked, commonalities. 3-6 p.m. $20-$25. Levantine Cultural Center at Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 657-5511. http://www.levantinecenter.org.
For those with a passion for photography and a desire to socialize, the Jewish Photographers Adventures Group has a monthly outing to satisfy both. Today the group is hiking at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, where you can photograph chaparral, grasslands, woodlands, a lake and birds. After you've worked up a decent appetite, have lunch at a nearby restaurant and share photo tips. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P. (818) 349-3439. http://www.jewishphotographersadventuresgroup.com.
Drums can drive you crazy if your teenage son is playing them at midnight, but they can also be a vehicle for spiritual enlightenment. Let the Nashuva Healing Drum Circle With Jamie Papish show you the power of hand drumming and ancient rhythms in connecting you to your own rhythmic being. Experienced and beginning drummers are welcome to join the class. 12-1:30 p.m. $10-$15. Pacific Arts Center and Dance Studios, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.myspace.com/jamiepapish.
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If you missed Tony Blair in January, it's not too late to get in on the action because this month's guest at American Jewish University's Public Lecture Series is the infamous (or famous, depending on which side of the aisle you vote) Karl
Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. You can buy tickets to the remainder of the series at a pro-rated price, so it's worth mentioning who else is upcoming: Arianna Huffington, nationally syndicated columnist Paul Begala, CNN commentator and MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, Bill Maher and former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. 7:30 p.m. $85 (single ticket). Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (310) 440-1246. http://www.publiclectureseries.com.
TUE | FEBUARY 26
The Hollywood Writers' strike may be over, but it is certainly not behind us. There is still much to contemplate and analyze about the three-month hiatus that idled 50,000 film and television workers. To do so, the Zocalo Public Square Lecture Series is sponsoring "Hollywood's Labor Turmoil: What Caused It and What Happens Next?" moderated by Los Angeles Times editorial writer Jon Healey. The panel of industry insiders and expert observers includes Aaron Mendelsohn from the Writers Guild of America, West; L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein; and David Ginsburg, professor of entertainment and media law at UCLA. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 403-0416. http://www.zocalola.org.
Dan Gordon is an outspoken IDF spokesman on a mission to debunk myths and misrepresentations of the Israeli Defense Forces and their actions. He is widely considered the man who stepped forward to tell world media the truth about the so-called "Jenin Massacre," and he is also an accomplished screenwriter. Recently returned from the Holy Land, he will share new insights and perspectives on the ever-escalating tension between disparate worlds. 7 p.m. $5 (students), $15 (general). Congregation Am Hayam, 4839 Market St., Unit C, Ventura. (805) 644-2899. http://www.amhayam.org.
WED | FEBRUARY 27
Everyday objects -- toys, diaries, photographs -- and false identification documents reveal the story that allowed 16 Jewish children to survive Nazi-occupied Greece. While such a showcase elicits feelings of war horror, it also reveals the altruism and courage of Greek Samaritans who defied the political climate and risked their own lives to save Jewish children. "Hidden Children in Occupied Greece" is a collaborative venture between American Jewish Committee Los Angeles, the Greek Consulate and American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece. This moving exhibit will be on display through April 18. Free. Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. By appointment only, (310) 821-5141.
Almost as complementary as grilled cheese and French fries, art and wine make for a delightfully sensory evening. "The Art of Wine: A Night of Icons" will showcase artist David Schwartz's "American Icon Series," paintings on decommissioned U.S. flags, along with Herzog wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres. Joining the reception will be Gregorio Luke, former director of The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, with a presentation on the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. 7-9 p.m. Free. Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. (805) 983-1560. http://www.artzworks.com.
Jewish organizations in Los Angeles are giving the community many reasons to laugh -- and no, we're not talking about the proliferation of Jewish YouTube videos. We're referring to the plethora of comedy nights being organized by the likes of Hillel 818, the Levantine Cultural Center and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Tonight's laughfest, "Comedy With A Cause," raises funds for AJC and is in its fifth year. We're told that last year Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Van Nuys) brought down the house with his matzah story, which sets the bar for this benefit pretty high. 6-10 p.m. $215 (includes donation and dinner). The Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 282-8080, ext. 320. http://www.ajclosangeles.org.
The annual concert in support of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem has a special significance this year -- it is being held in memory of Stefan Adelipour, a Boston University student who died last February in a fire at his off-campus apartment building. The promising young man was from a prominent Jewish Iranian family in Great Neck, N.Y., who has set up the Stefan Adelipour for Life Foundation in his honor. The Israel Chamber Orchestra and three child prodigy soloists will perform at this benefit concert sponsored by the American Committee for Shaare Zedek. 7-9 p.m. $25-$250. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 229-0915.
THU | FEBRUARY 28
In the ancient world -- before mass media and Jewish journalism -- political, religious and social messages were communicated through art, and in ancient Rome, the preferred mode of expression was through statues. Historian Yaron Z. Eliav will pontificate on Jews living in a Roman world when he discusses "Roman Statues, Rabbis and Graeco-Roman Culture" to surmise where Jews found themselves in the frame of the chiseled-stone visual environment. 8 p.m. Free. The Getty Villa, 17895 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades. Ticket required, (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu/visit/events/eliav_lecture.html?cid=egetty074
"This is a show about obsession, revenge, and above all, magic," buzzes the West Coast premiere of "Orange Lemon Egg Canary: A Trick in Four Acts." The unique title is only half the story of this unusual performance combining magical grand illusions with theater narrative. The oddly named characters "Great," "Trilby" and "China/Egypt" find themselves caught in a love triangle filled with intrigue, crafty scheming and the appearance of a ghost. Through April 5. 8 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.). $25. The East Theatre of The Complex, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-7862. http://www.plays411.com/orange.
FRI | FEBRUARY 29
We should call it the Jewish Woodstock. Perhaps the largest, hippest gathering of Jewish youth in the country, the 48-hour Jewish party, dubbed Jewlicious Festival 4.0, boasts attracting "Jews from every denomination, across the political spectrum uniting trend-setters, artists and spirit seekers; Ashkenazim, Sephardim, atheists, agnostics, skeptics and believers; designers, activists, jocks and hipsters." For one nonstop weekend, the fest employs trendy musical acts, raucous dancing, ample feasting and late-night spirituality sessions where hundreds of young Jews showcase their talents, meet new friends and celebrate their Judaism. Musical acts include Matisyahu, Moshav and Y-Love. The gathering of The Tribe also includes speakers, workshops, games, vendors and more. $48 (students), $72 (general), $10-$25 (concert tickets). Barbara and Ray Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach. (562) 426-7601.
In Skip Usen's "The Urn," a family death brings everyone out of the woodwork -- a free-spirited ex-wife, a newly Chasidic son and a cousin from the wrong side of the tracks -- which results in a tumultuous and hilarious week during which Grandpa Sol carries the urn with Grandma Sophie's cremated remains everywhere with him. Produced by Messiah Jacobs, the film stars Emmy Award-winning actor Fyvush Finkel, Stanley Kamel, Greg Zola and Rosalee Mayeaux. Limited engagement through March 6. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. (daily). $3-$6. Regency Theatres, Fairfax Cinemas, 7907 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 804-4746. http://www.theurnmovie.com.
Deeley is a man who has it all: a glamorous job as a film director, a beautiful wife Kate and enough spare time for candlelit meals and dinner guests. Yet the arrival of his wife's old roommate, Anna, hints at long-buried mysteries and tensions regarding the nature of their relationship. What ensues in Nobel Prize-winner Harold Pinter's acclaimed play, "Old Times," is an intense and hilarious rivalry between a woman's best friend and her husband as they battle it out using power, sex and memory as weapons. Through April 13. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 4 p.m. (Sun.). $20. The Lost Studio Theatre, 130 S. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. (800) 595-4849. http://www.tix.com.
Imagine a dark sci-fi world where apocalyptic visions have come to pass. The year is 6000, and robots rule the planet. David Largman Murray's dark comedy imagines remaining humans as second-class citizens, who aspire to become machines. "Robots vs. Fake Robots" posits a young man named Joe in the midst of this universal nightmare where robots are beautiful, hip and refined but ultimately soulless. An allegory about the image of Hollywood celebrities, the play asks what it means to be human and wonders how far people will go to fulfill their deepest desires. Through March 15. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 7 p.m. (Sun.). $22. The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 396-3680. http://www.powerhousetheatre.com.
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