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Calendar August 23-29

by Laura Donney

August 20, 2014 | 10:07 am

SAT | AUG 23

RACHEL DEWOSKIN

Emma Sasha Silver is only 15 when she loses her eyesight in a terrible accident in DeWoskin’s young adult debut,“Blind.” On top of having to relearn basic functions, the teen is also confronted with untangling the apparent suicide of a fellow classmate. DeWoskin, who authored the memoir “Foreign Babes in Beijing,” is also responsible for the novels “Repeat After Me” and “Big Girl Small.” The 2012 recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award brings humor and hope to Emma’s darker days. Sat. 4 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

“ARE YOU HERE”

When zany Ben learns that his estranged father has died, he reaches out to his childhood friend to tag along for the funeral. The two soon discover that Ben has inherited the family fortune, throwing his Type A sister and young hippie stepmom for a loop. Matt Weiner’s “Mad Men” fans can see a different side of writer/director Weiner in this offbeat and colorful feature. The film stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Sat. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 11 and under, bargain matinee). NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 762-4600. laemmle.com.

YAKOV SMIRNOFF

You’ve seen him on Showtime, HBO and NBC’s “Night Court,” and you’ve seen him in “Moscow on the Hudson,” “The Money Pit,” “Heartburn” and “Brewster’s Millions.” Or you’ve just seen his hilarious YouTube clips. Soviet-born and comically bred, Smirnoff packs many a line with powerful punch. With unique commentary on American culture, this veteran comedian knows how to make us laugh at the truth. Sat. 8 p.m. $18. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.


SUN | AUG 24

“LIVING FOR 32”

On April 16, 2007, Colin Goddard’s life would be forever changed. Goddard lived to tell the story of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history. Told he may never walk again, this young man pushed through intense physical therapy, and he’s come out the other end — but his fight isn’t over. This documentary has been embraced by film festivals and follows Goddard in his pursuit to show how far too easy it is for anyone to buy a gun in America. Discussion to follow the program. This event is for high school students only. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8536. ncjwla.org.


MON | AUG 25

WIL-DOG OF OZOMATLI & JARELL PERRY

The Krupnick Festival of the Arts does it again. Wil-Dog Abers, the bassist for the Grammy-winning band Ozomatli, is an L.A. native raised by his Jewish grandparents. With a passion for alt-Latino-world fusion as well as Yiddish music, Abers is known for letting all his favorite genres inspire each other. Alt-r&b musician Perry will add some electronic soul and indie-pop to the eclectic evening. Mon. 8:30 p.m. Free . RSVP encouraged. Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 365-0605. voicesoflafest.com.

KLEZFEST “JAM SESSION”

It’s that klezzy time of year again. Everyone is invited to bring an instrument and a dance move of choice as the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony leads some Eastern European musical delights. With Israeli dance master Susan North Gilboa on deck for a little choreographed inspiration, families can feel carefree and klez-tastic. It will be a real musical potluck. Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Ford Ampitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Los Angeles. (323) 461-3673. lajewishsymphony.com.


WED | AUG 27

“MY SON THE WAITER: A JEWISH TRAGEDY”

Order up! Philip Roger Roy and Dana Matthow present Brad Zimmerman in an hour and a half of delightful self-deprecation. Having moved to New York City in the 1970s to pursue show business, Zimmerman opted to temporarily wait tables — for 29 years. Honest and poignant, this actor-after-all shares stories of family, career, childhood and love. With a comedy like this, you’ll have laughter leftovers for a week. Wed. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 21. $49-$59. Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2100. toaks.org/cap.


THU | AUG 28

JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS

Don’t end, Skirball Sunset Series! But if you must, good call on Broussard as the finale. A master of zydeco, this accordionist, fiddler and vocalist is bringing the Southwest Louisiana Creole style out from the bayou. With the help of his cowboy band, the night will be rich with sound and history and probably that touch of magic found only in a starry (clouds permitting) summer night. Thu. 8 p.m. Free ($10 cash parking). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org

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