Jewish Journal

Calendar Aug. 30 - Sept. 5

by Laura Donney

Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

SAT | AUG 30


Mr. Levy knows how to take any old anecdote and turn it into a polished and quirky punch line. He’s a little bit Jerry Seinfeld, a little bit Aziz Ansari (just go with it), and he got his start during his sophomore year of college when he won the Funniest College Comedian title at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Since then he’s appeared on Comedy Central and MTV, and he recently developed a sitcom for Fox. Check him out, laugh it up. 8 p.m. $15. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.

SUN | AUG 31


Fanny, you crazy broad! It’s never wise to reduce Barbra Streisand to the small screen, which is why this movie theater opportunity is essential. Written by Isobel Lennart and directed by William Wyler, the story follows the stage career of Ms. Fanny Brice as well as her complicated romance with Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). With self-reflective wit and high notes you’ll never be able to reach, the film earned Streisand an Academy Award and leaves us ever adoring her. Sun. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (seniors and children). New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-4038. newbevcinema.com


It’s not quite Shakespeare, but it’s definitely in a park. Stephanie Swirsky’s new play is a dark comedy about Jewish teens who, while on an educational trip exploring Polish concentration camps, find themselves exploring their culture and sexuality come nightfall. Swirsky, who received her master’s in dramatic writing from USC, has had material either produced or developed at several theaters, including New York’s Brick Theater and the Flea Theater. Director Alan Blumenfeld has been successful as an actor at L.A.’s A Noise Within and the Theatricum Botanicum. Feel free to mingle with the artists after the playreading. Sun. 11 a.m. Free. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. (310) 455-3723. theatricum.com.



When a poor New York tailor (Zero Mostel) struggles with career misfortune, an ill wife and a daughter marrying a gentile, he’s about ready to give up on his faith. Enter Harry Belafonte — a Jewish guardian angel who offers this low-spirited man a last chance at redemption. Directed by Jan Kadar, the film, initially criticized, is now considered an obscure cinematic gem. Also starring Ida Kaminska, with music by Zdenek Liska. Tue. 1:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


You read Vladimir Nabokov’s classic in high school and have been waiting to discuss it with Jeff Garlin ever since? The comedian is known for his roles on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Goldbergs,” and also hosts an interview podcast. Smart and funny, he’s a safe bet in discussing the controversial story of the middle-aged Humbert Humbert’s erotic desire for the young Lolita. This reading group is open to anyone who has read the book. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.



Teddy Steinkellner’s follow-up to his previous “Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga” has arrived. Jack Schwartz is back in junior high and facing his new celebrity status as the kid who survived a gang brawl. Along with his sister, Hannah, and friends Dorothy Wu and Danny Uribe, Jake has to figure out the ups and downs of middle school romance, adversity, insecurity and popularity. Sounds manageable, right? A Stanford University graduate, Steinkellner delivers a delightful young-adult novel that’s honest enough to resonate with us all. Fri. 7 p.m. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. vromansbookstore.com


Burt’s back — arach! The singer, songwriter and composer has a tune — or 70 — to share. Honored with Grammys, Oscars and the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Bacharach is an artist responsible for the kinds of songs we feel have always been with us. From “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” to “That’s What Friends Are For,” to “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” his music is usually topping some chart somewhere. Fri. 9 p.m. $65 and $125. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. sabantheatre.org

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