Marc Cohn (See Saturday, Nov. 12)
Saturday, November 5
YAD Havdalah Hike
End Shabbat on a natural note with a Havdalah ceremony and schmooze at the summit of Mission Canyon’s Inspiration Point after a moderate four-mile hike. Bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress for hiking. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Jewish Federation Young Adult Division. 4:30-7 p.m. 4 p.m. carpool from Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. Free. RSVP to (805) 957-1115, ext. 107. jewishsantabarbara.org.
Bach fans, rejoice! Tonight is your night as Grammy-winning Israeli American violinist Gil Shaham performs a Bach sonata and partitas for solo violin on the 1699 Countess Polignac Stradivarius. 8 p.m. $10 (students), $40 (general). UCSB, Campbell Hall (off Mesa Road across from Cheadle Hall), Santa Barbara. (805) 893-3535. artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Sunday, November 6
Jews across the Valley join together for a common goal — to give back to the community. Mitzvah Day represents an opportunity for the entire family to help others through serving meals, gathering toys, donating blood, learning CPR, knitting blankets for babies, reading to children and more. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance in partnership with local Jewish institutions. Contact your local synagogue or any Jewish social service agency to learn what community service projects are happening near you. For more information, call (818) 464-3203, visit jewishla.org or search for “Mitzvah Day 2011 — The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance” on Facebook.
“Musical Spa for the Soul”
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind musical presentation that features a piano duet, an intergenerational vocal performance, and haunting Chasidic stories and melodies presented on an assortment of instruments. Sponsored by the Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park Jewish Women’s Circle. 7 p.m. (dessert reception to follow). $18. Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Recital Hall, 3749 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. (805) 493-7776. jewishto.org.
Monday, November 7
“How to Begin Your Genealogy”
Cover the basics of family documents, time lines, tracking records and family photos, interviewing techniques, newspaper research and more in honor of International Jewish Genealogy Month. Seasoned genealogists will share tips and tricks of the trade. 7-9 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
Friday, November 11
In a world of “Toddlers & Tiaras” and “Dance Moms,” the story of overbearing 1920s stage mother Mama Rose and her daughters — “Dainty” June and Louise (Gypsy Rose Lee), who would give anything to get their mother off their backs — still resonates today. The Tony-winning musical comes to life thanks to a book by Arthur Laurents (born Arthur Levine), music by Jule Styne (aka Julius Stein) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, featuring such songs as “Let Me Entertain You,” “Wherever We Go” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” 8 p.m. $24. Runs through Saturday, Dec. 10. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. $19-$24. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 495-3715. conejoplayers.org.
Saturday, November 12
“Jews Gone Wild”
See which one of tonight’s stand-up comedians might follow in the hilarious footsteps of Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld or Rita Rudner during “Jews Gone Wild,” part of “Ventura Comedy Festival 2011 — Laughter by the Sea.” 7 p.m. $15 (21 and older; two-drink minimum). The Greek at the Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101, Ventura. (805) 644-1500. venturacomedyfestival.com.
Sunday, November 13
He’Brew Beer Tasting & Food Pairing
Enjoy some tasty beers paired with food, kosher style. Hosted at a private home in Santa Barbara. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $10. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Jewish Federation Young Adult Division. RSVP for location to (805) 957-1115, ext. 107. jewishsantabarbara.org.
Tuesday, November 15
“Norway and the Holocaust”
Irene Levin Berman, who escaped from Norway to Sweden with her family during the Holocaust, speaks about her memoir, “We Are Going to Pick Potatoes,” and discusses how the Holocaust affected Norway and its Jewish families. Sponsored by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation and the CLU History Department. 7 p.m. Free. California Lutheran University, Overton Hall (Regent Avenue and Memorial Parkway), Thousand Oaks. (805) 241-1051. callutheran.edu.
Saturday, November 12
Go “Walking in Memphis” with the soulful sounds of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn. We dare you not to sing along with Cohn’s signature song about a spiritual awakening in the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll. 6 p.m. (doors open), 9 p.m. (show). $38 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult). The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016. canyonclub.net.
Sunday, November 20
Get gift inspiration with Judaica, jewelry, books, toys, clothing, food, crafts, makeup and more at the Chanukah Boutique. Sponsored by the Women of CBE. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Congregation B’nai Emet, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. (805) 581-3723. congregationbnaiemet.org.
Monday, November 21
Haverim B’nai B’rith of the Conejo Valley
Enjoy an evening of Broadway tunes, folk songs and more with musician and singer Michael Cladis. Open to new members, couples and singles, especially baby boomers. 7:30 p.m. (general meeting), 8 p.m. (program), 9 p.m. (refreshments and schmoozing). Free. Sponsored by Haverim B’nai B’rith of the Conejo Valley. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. RSVP to (805) 529-9297.