SAT | FEBRUARY 9
Alberto. 2003. © Lee Waisler. Acrylic and wood on canvas, 36 x 36. See Saturday listing.
Originally hailing from India, the Tagore family line of artists, writers and poets first established their presence as art collectors with a successful venture in New York. Historically, they've had ties with Austrian Jewish cognoscenti. Now they're setting up shop in Los Angeles. For the opening, their new gallery will display L.A. artist Lee Waisler's "The Portraits," a series of painted works depicting some of history's most notable and influential people, like Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, Emilio Modigliani, Sigmund Freud and Spinoza. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 9606 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-4520. http://www.sundaramtagore.com.
In a gallery that specializes in "post-industrial art for the post-industrial age," artist and entertainer Simone Gad will display her painted "Buildings." Gad uses bright colors and a playful style as she focuses on the architecture of Chinatown and Victorian homes. 6-9 p.m. (opening reception). Through March 8. Free. L2kontemporary, 990 N. Hill St., No. 205, Los Angeles. (626) 319-3661. http://www.l2kontemporary.com.
Join fictional American archaeologist Josh Cohan in his discovery of a diary, which might have been written by Jesus. Experience self-discovery, romance, danger and forbidden knowledge in Ronald Cutler's "The Secret Scroll," a novel set in Israel. While Cohan's shocking finding is being authenticated by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, other organizations vie to obtain the secret diary through any means possible. Cutler explores the ancient roots of religious anti-Semitism in his first novel, which he will be signing today at the official National Book Launch and world premiere. 5 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble, The Commons at Calabasas, 4735 Commons Way, Calabasas. (818) 222-0542. http://www.thesecretscroll.com.
We live in the movie capital of the world, and to prove it, the Long Beach Jewish Film Festival, co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Cal State Long Beach and the Alpert JCC, will spotlight intimate personal dramas from Israel, the United States and the Netherlands: "Three Mothers," "The Tribe," "Souvenirs," "Sweet Mud" and "Black Book." Festival organizer Jeffrey Blutinger is proud of the festival's role in satisfying the community's hunger for Jewish films: "This is an opportunity for Long Beach, South Bay and Orange County residents to see modern Jewish life in vibrant and exciting ways." Various times, through Sun., Feb. 10. $10 (per screening), $36 (festival pass). CSULB University Theater, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601 ext. 1012. http://www.alpertjcc.org.
Writer Gitta Mallasz has crafted a one-woman play based on her mystical experiences at the end of World War II. Her story tells of angels who descended on the gloom of Nazi occupation, inspiring her to save her Jewish friends and 100 other women and children from deportation to the camps. Mallasz's story, "Talking With Angels," not only survived the war, but after 30 years of suppression in communist Hungary it has finally found an audience in Hollywood. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). Through Feb. 10. $15-$25. Ruby Theatre at The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-5774.
If you're single, live in Ventura County and are 40 to 60 years old, we've got an event for you! Ventura County Jewish Singles is hosting a potluck dinner and board game night at a private home. If you play an instrument, please bring it. 6 p.m. R.S.V.P. required, (805) 483-7132.
For more than 10 years, The Kinsey Sicks have brought award-winning a cappella to street corners and theaters across the country. The four performers were discovered in the most unlikely place -- a Bette Midler concert in San Francisco, where they were the only guests donning drag. The dragapella beauty shop quartet will unleash their musical comedy in "Condoleezzapalooza," which combines singing, witty banter, over-the-top drag and splashes of Jewish angst. In the show, band member Condoleezza leaves the group for a better gig. 8 p.m. $30. Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theatre, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (866) 448-7849. http://www.kinseysicks.com.
SUN | FEBRUARY 10
You can be sure radio personality and veteran talk show host Bill Moran will be asking some pointed questions of his famous panel in "Show Business Icons" at American Jewish University's Whizin Center for Continuing Education this afternoon. Featuring Ed Asner, Monty Hall, Shirley Jones and Lainie Kazan, this intimate discussion will dig deep into the magical moments, outlandish opinions and lavish lifestyles of these beloved celebs. 2 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. http://www.ajula.edu.
Ruth Andrew Ellenson unleashed a generation of feminine tension with her book "The Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt," a thoughtful collection of essays (to which Journal religion editor Amy Klein is a contributor) with a distinctly Jewish approach to topics like overbearing mothers, online dating and bacon. The smart and witty gal will tell her audience how to assuage a Jewish guilty conscience in today's discussion. 4 p.m. $15. Temple Beth El, 1435 W. Seventh St., San Pedro. (310) 833-2467. http://www.bethelsp.org.
The title's symbolism says it all, when "The Olive and the Gun: Prospects for a Genuine Peace in the Middle East" brings together scholar Michael Berenbaum and Zionist Organization of America's Steven M. Goldberg to debate issues facing Israel in the aftermath of the Annapolis conference. Sponsored by Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. 2 p.m. $10 (suggested donation). Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 704-0523. http://www.cjhsla.org.
Pack your family, or just yourself, into the car and head to the third annual Sephardic Food Festival, where you can experience tantalizing world cuisines from Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Cuba, Egypt, Rhodes and Turkey. Guests are encouraged to come in traditional clothes that reflect their cultural backgrounds. 3 p.m. $25 (adults, includes 10 food tickets). Free (children under 12). Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, Maurice Amado Hall, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. required, (310) 475-7311. http://cicisrael.org/.
Volunteer for a cause that helps Angelenos, Israelis and people worldwide in need of assistance. Join friends and peers to raise money during The Jewish Federation's annual
Super Sunday phone-a-thon, which raised $4 million last year. Register by calling the Jewish Federation Goldsmith Center, (323) 761-8319, Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance, (818) 464-3227 or Jewish Federation South Bay, (323) 761-8292. SuperSunday@JewishLA.org.
Krav Maga means "contact combat" in Hebrew, and it has been used to train Israel's Defense Forces since before 1948. Now Stephen S. Wise Temple's The W Group (20s-30s) is gearing up to learn some self-defense techniques. So get out your black belt, Gucci belt or army belt and prepare for some serious physical conditioning! 2-4 p.m. $15. Location given upon registration. (310) 889-2242. http://www.wisela.org.
Stroll through the romantic Venice Canals with Social Circle, a unique singles group for people between the ages of 45 and 65. After the walk, enjoy a scrumptious brunch at Baja Cantina Restaurant with old and new friends. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free (bring money for lunch). Meet at Baja Cantina, 311 Washington Blvd., Venice. (213) 215-4333. firstname.lastname@example.org.
MON | FEBRUARY 11
Have you ever wished that instead of working for your career, your career could work for you? Authors Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio can tell you how to turn your wish into reality with "The Girl's Guide to Kicking Your Career Into Gear: Valuable Lessons, True Stories, And Tips for Using What You've Got (A Brain!) To Make Your Worklife Work For You." Learn how to empower yourself in one of the two workshops happening this week. Mon., Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Free. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. Also, Tue., Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. $55-$70 (luncheon included). Beverly Hilton Hotel, Whittier Room, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P. required, (310) 553-2222. http://www.girlsguidetobusiness.com.
The Jews of Shanghai fled Baghdad to escape the farhud, Russia to escape the pogroms and Germany to escape the Holocaust. Writer, poet and speaker Leah Jacob Garrick, a fourth-generation Shanghailander, will tell the fascinating story of this community's survival, resettlements and unity. Sponsored by Adat Shalom Women's League and Men's Club. 7:30-10 p.m. Donations welcome. Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-4985. http://www.adatshalomla.org.
WED | FEBRUARY 13
Who said Valentine's Day is only about chocolates and fancy dinners? Prepare yourself for a night out, or a night in, with mini-facials, make-up consultations and massages at the National Jewish Council of Women's "Spa Fundraiser." In addition to pampering yourself, you can donate to a good cause -- Women Helping Women Services' "Emergency Survival Fund," which provides emergency food, transportation and clothing to women and children in need. 4-9 p.m. $50 donation. Origins at Century City Westfield Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City. To schedule treatments call, (323) 852-8515. http://www.ncjwla.org.
Whether you write fantasy fiction, sci-fi thrillers or crime novels, the "Write On!" writer's group at the Santa Monica Barnes and Noble can help nudge your work in the right direction. Led by writer Debra Eckerling, the monthly workshop focuses on setting goals, troubleshooting, light critique and networking. 7 p.m. Every second Wednesday of the month. Free. 1201 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 260-9110. http://www.coastbunny.com.
FRI | FEBRUARY 15
With a fresh face and an old soul, American folk singer Brett Dennen will perfectly complement the Skirball's Bob Dylan exhibition by demonstrating the influence of the legendary rock star on today's music. Part of the "Interpreting Dylan" concert series, Dennen echoes the same folk heart, soulfulness and social commentary that made Dylan a cultural icon. 8 p.m. $15 (students), $20 (members), $25 (general). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (877) 722-4849. http://www.skirball.org.