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Calendar August 16-22

by Laura Donney

August 13, 2014 | 10:05 am

SAT | AUG 16

“BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS”

It’s a big night for Broadway’s home away from home — Hollywood! Under the direction of David Galligan and the musical direction of Gerald Sternbach, some of the stage’s best will perform some stage favorites. Showstoppers include Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday, as well as Erich Bergen, Rogelio Douglas Jr., Danny Gurwin, Chad Kimball, Obba Babatunde and more. Homage will be paid to such classics as “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “Les Miserables,” as well as newbies “Aladdin” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Show presented by Chris Isaacson. Sat. 8 p.m. $40-$95 (general), $20 (children and students). John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.


SUN | AUG 17

PICNIC IN THE PARK

Could your Sunday use a bit of scenery? Israel Bonds Los Angeles is hosting a (not-too-rigorous) hike at Will Rogers State Park. And not to worry — exercise is not without edible payoff. Following the excursion, participants are invited to partake of an Israeli-themed kosher lunch while enjoying an exciting view of the polo fields. Angelenos can come together to celebrate the Jewish homeland and get information on how to support it. Sun. 11 a.m. $15. Will Rogers State Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades. (310) 996-3013. israelbonds.com.

“ALONG THE HYPHEN”

In this melting pot of ours, it’s become pretty easy to get “hyphenated.” Lots of people are a little of this, a little of that and some of another thing. This Voices of L.A. program offers a spoken word/musical collaboration that explores the many ways we exist in the in-between of identity. Featured artists include Kamau Daaood, Marisela Norte, Irene Suico Soriano and more. So whichever version of Jewish, Latino, Korean, Filipino or African-American you are — well, you’re not alone. 4 p.m. Free. RSVP encouraged. Breed Street Shul, 247 N. Breed St., Los Angeles. (213) 365-0605. voicesoflafest.com

COUNTING CROWS

Band front-man Adam Duritz and the rest of the gang are flying in for a little song and nostalgia. Whether you experienced their hits in real time during the ’90s or are a fan after the fact, the upbeat rock band can guarantee a funky rhythm and a clever lyric. Hits include “Mr. Jones,” “Accidentally in Love” from the movie “Shrek” and that fun cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” Officially having stood the test of time, Duritz and the band will deliver. Sun. 7 p.m. $35-$75. The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 665-5857. greektheatrela.com


WED | AUG 20

“BOB DYLAN: THE BIOGRAPHY”

Los Angeles Times journalist Dennis McDougal brings you the most complete and up-to-date account of this timeless music hero. Dylan — an international best-selling artist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and an Oscar winner to boot — has a life story as rich as the poetry he pens. McDougal uses extensive interviews with family, friends and fans to track the transformation of a man once tormented by addiction into a man the world can’t stop celebrating. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for blowin’ in the wind, try this book. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.


THU | AUG 21

YIDDISH TANGO CLUB

No, it’s not an international interpretation of a multitiered sandwich — it’s a musical triumph that swirls together the sounds of traditional klezmer with Argentine tango. Listeners won’t have to choose between their Yiddish sensibilities and their South American tendencies. Argentine diva Divina Gloria joins the group, and for those who show up early, bandleader Gustavo Bulgach will share some original recordings from his own klezmer/tango collection. Thu. 8 p.m. Free ($10 cash parking). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

“VERANDA: CONTEMPLATING SPACES IN BETWEEN”

If you’ve mastered environmental sustainability, perhaps it’s time to try your hand at cultural sustainability. Co-curated by Anne Hromadka of the Jewish Arts Initiative and Hirokazu Kosaka of the Japanese American Cultural Community Center (JACCC), this original visual-arts exhibit brings together artists from the L.A. Jewish and Japanese communities. Hromadka, who serves as co-director at the Shulamit Gallery in Venice, completed her graduate work in public art studies at USC and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Given their passion for engaging L.A. artists from all backgrounds, the exhibit promises a unique and communal feel. Thu. 6 p.m. Through Sept. 9. Free. JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. (213) 365-0605. voicesoflafest.com


FRI | AUG 22

“THE FACE IN THE REEDS”

Rhodes Scholar Robin Russin’s new play follows a family celebrating a Passover seder. As is the nature of family gatherings, the dinner discussion turns tense when topics such as faith, conversion and parental responsibility rear their heads. Directed by Sarah Figoten Wilson, this premiere performance is a comedy of conflict. As the synopsis says, “We’re all going to die — but first, you should eat.” And see this play. Fri. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 11. $25 (general), $20 (students, seniors, guild members). Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 397-3244. ruskingrouptheatre.com

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