SAT | APR 5
“SONGS IN THE KEY OF LOS ANGELES”
University of Southern California professor Josh Kun has done some digging to bring you little-known songs about, and from, our City of Angels. Using sheet music archives, Kun shares the evolution of song in our city and how those tunes actually shaped our city. From shout-outs to restaurants, to historical allusions, to identity anthems, L.A. has been singing out loud about itself for ages. Kun, co-founder of the nonprofit record label Reboot Stereophonic, specializes in popular music, cultures of globalization and Jewish-American musical history. Sat. 3 p.m. Free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. lacma.org.
“ ’S WONDERFUL”
A new Team Gershwin musical is in town and this is your opportunity to be a part of the West Coast premiere. Creator and director Ray Roderick collages five mini-musicals, bringing you the best songs from one of the most successful musical teams in history. Some of the 40 classic hits you’ll hear include: “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Shall We Dance” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” With musical director Bret Simmons and choreographer Charlie Williams collaborating with Roderick, you’ll be singing, “Let’s call the whole thing on!” Sat. 8 p.m. Through April 20. $17-$85. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. (562)-856-1999, ext 4. musical.org.
SUN | APR 6
The West Los Angeles Symphony is delighted to bring back guest conductor Benjamin Wallfisch for its 22nd anniversary Gala Concert: “Strudel and French Pastry.” Wallfisch, who has conducted the English Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, is also a huge player in film scoring. His credits include “Anna Karenina,” “The Soloist,” “Eragon” and more. Soloist Eric Zuber will also be performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor. Sun. 7 p.m. Free. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 873-7777. cap.ucla.edu.
COUNTY SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE DEBATE
The race for Los Angeles County 3rd District supervisor is on. The seat, which has been held by Zev Yaroslovsky since he was elected in 1994, is one of five on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, widely considered the most powerful local government body in the nation. Candidates John Duran, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver and Pamela Conley Ulich will explain their qualifications to take on the pressing social and transportation issues Angelenos face today. Jewish Journal political columnist and former Los Angeles Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky moderates. Sun. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles. (323) 683-1160.
If you’re into raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy, then get on over here! With a 20-year career that spans HBO, late-night shows, comedy CDs, a book called “The Jerusalem Syndrome” and his popular “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast, Maron’s spot on Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (2012) list is well-earned. Whether he is sharing self-revelations or offering cultural analyses, he brings a sharp and insightful voice to the funnier parts of life. Sun. 7 p.m. $25-$32. The Ice House Comedy Club, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 577-1894. icehousecomedy.com.
WED | APR 9
“BABY BOOMER ALERT: WE’RE NOT DEAD YET BUT WE MAY DIE SOMEDAY”
Don’t freak out. The Jewish Journal, Writers Bloc and Temple Emanuel host an opportunity to face and discuss the imminent. Memoirist and secular thinker Sara Davidson’s meeting with Jewish Renewal Movement leader Rabbi Zalman Schecter resulted in Davidson’s new book, “The December Project,” which explores feelings about mortality and ways to find fearlessness and joy in all your days. Rabbi Laura Geller and Jewish Journal executive editor Susan Freudenheim join her for a discussion on dignity, practicality and spirituality. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $15. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. Call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006. writersblocpresents.com.
THU | APR 10
“ ‘THE SNOWY DAY’ AND THE ART OF EZRA JACK KEATS”
Get inside the imagination of a groundbreaking Jewish-American author and illustrator. With his landmark “The Snowy Day,” Keats was the first to produce a modern, full-color book that featured an African-American protagonist. The exhibit celebrates the career and life of a man who identified with the downtrodden, and with that empathy, created images and stories of adventure and whimsy. Thu. Various times. Through Sept. 7. $10 (general), $7 (seniors and students), $5 (ages 2-12). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
ARTIST TALK WITH DWORA FRIED
Maybe you’ve already seen the “Loss, Memory, and Recovery” exhibit featuring Fried and Linda Vallejo — but have you talked it out with the artists themselves? This evening offers a unique opportunity for a discussion with the artists before the show closes for good. Using mixed-media boxes with photos, figures, prints and props, Fried, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, points to questions about identity, beliefs and memory. Vallejo will also be in discussion. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Duron Gallery, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-9560. sparcinla.org.
FRI | APR 11
“PETER BROOK: THE TIGHTROPE”
Not every son could make a captivating and significant documentary about his father, but when your dad is one of the most revolutionary directors of contemporary theater, you do just that. Simon Brook immerses audiences in the life and craft of his father, teacher and director Peter Brook. With a career influenced by Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski and Joan Littlewood, Peter Brook is not only an eminent force in his native England, but across the world. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children and seniors). Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836.