SAT | DEC 14
“RE-EMERGING: THE JEWS OF NIGERIA”
Shmuel Tikvah, a young Nigerian, heard time and time again about the Igbo people, who claim descent from ancient Israelites. Research at an Internet cafe leads him on a quest to find this Nigerian Jewish community, which keeps kosher, lights Shabbat candles and prays in Hebrew. Director Jeff L. Lieberman documents the journey of ancestry, identity and the reshaping of life with a new kind of faith. Sat. Various times. Through Dec. 19. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 11 and under, bargain matinee). Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
“SAFFRON AND ROSEWATER”
Kehillat Ma’arav hosts an evening of songs and stories that illuminate the struggles and triumphs of Persian-Jewish women. With material adapted from Journal columnist Gina Nahai, Angella Nazarian, Farideh Goldin, Dora Levy Mossanen, Esther Amini and composer Niki Black, you will truly be transported to Iran and back again. A Q-and-A with the writers follows the performance as well as a Persian sweet table with dried fruits and tea. RSVP by Dec. 13. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $36. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.
SUN | DEC 15
COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
Embrace the spirit of giving with the The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Join Food Forward to pick fresh oranges off of trees to donate to Jewish Family Service, assemble care packages with Project M.O.T. for Jewish servicewomen and servicemen in the U.S. Armed Forces, throw an awesome “Senior Prom” for some of the older citizens in our community or prepare dinner for the homeless with Union Rescue Mission. Sun. Free. Times, locations vary. (323) 761-8000. jewishla.org.
“SOVIET JEWS IN THE CITY OF ANGELS: AN ORAL HISTORY”
Since 1973, Los Angeles has become a home to more than 25,000 Jewish refugees — the majority from the former Soviet Union. The Wende Museum presents a special director’s cut of a new documentary that follows families as they recall their immigrant journey from Russia to the United States as well as the cultural and political adaptations and challenges they experienced. A discussion with filmmaker Mark Hayes follows. Sun. 2 p.m. $10 (adults), $6 (students, seniors 60 and older), $4 (children, 3-12), free (Autry National Center members, children under 3). 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.
“BROADWAY SING-ALONG: A SPARKLING REFLECTION OF OUR AMERICAN LIFE”
This one’s for all you secret shower singers. American Jewish University invites you to belt your biggest notes during a celebration of Broadway’s best. Producer Ellie Mednick explores facets of American life while Karen Thomson Hall leads us in some of our favorites from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Kander and Ebb, and the Gershwins. It’s a curtain-call opportunity for the whole family. Sun. 4 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.
“STAND UP FOR ISRAEL: A NIGHT OF COMEDY”
Get yourself a seat for some very important stand-up comedy. American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center brings together a bunch of funny people to benefit the underground hospital at their medical center in Jerusalem. Emcee Avi Liberman prepares the stage for headliner Taylor Williamson and comedians Mark Schiff and Laura Rosenberg. You can also expect an open bar, kosher appetizers, dessert and a chance at raffle prizes. Sun. 6 p.m. Starts at $136. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. For information, contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. acsz.org/comedy.
TUE | DEC 17
LAEMMLE’S 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Your favorite theater chain is having a birthday! Laemmle Theatre’s Charitable Foundation hosts a special evening to commemorate its role in both civic and cultural life as well as the nonprofit work it supports. There will be drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a community presentation and a screening of a Laemmle classic. Your ticket also gets you a copy of the book “Not Afraid … 75 years of Film Exhibition in Los Angeles.” Tue. 6 p.m. $100. Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-0401. laemmlefoundation.org.
“ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE: HOPE WITHOUT ILLUSION”
The third annual Professor Gerald B. Bubis Lecture at Valley Beth Shalom features Americans for Peace Now founder Mark Rosenblum. An award-winning historian, Rosenblum will discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and other factors for peace, like the situation in the broader Middle East. Having recently returned from the region, the conversation won’t just be academically informed, but experientially as well. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP Requested. Valley Beth Shalom, 16739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (323) 934-3480. vbs.org.
THUR | DEC 19
The comedian, actor and writer has a new book of poetry out! “To Laughter With Questions” is a collection of serious and not-so-serious verse, limericks, rhymes and an attempt at iambic pentameter. While you might know him best from his many film and TV appearances, here is an opportunity to get to know the man more intimately. His collection is full of personal experiences, and because he has taught in USC’s Master of Professional Writing program, you know it’s well written. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.