SAT | DEC 7
The old country just got a little newer. Taking traditional sounds and themes and infusing them with some modern funk, the Grammy-winning band brings rhythm and timeless spirit to its audiences. With 25 years of experience and a growing fan base, the Klezmatics have changed the face of the Yiddish imprint on popular culture. They are making history, performing history, and you get to dance all the while. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $69-$108. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.
SUN | DEC 8
WALK OF AGES XIV
Here’s an opportunity to work off some of that Thanksgiving feast (not that you don’t look great). It’s a 5K run/walk that raises funds for the Los Angeles Jewish Home so that it can provide the finest care for its golden-years residents. From basic services to tai chi, the Home offers much to many. With a pancake breakfast and face painting after you finish, it’s a festive morning for everyone. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield is going, so you can, too! Sun. 7 a.m. (registration), 8:20 a.m. (opening ceremony), 8:30 (5K), 10 a.m. (breakfast). Free (seniors, 80 and over), $15 (youth), $35 (general, ages 13 to 80). Jewish Home’s Eisenberg Village Campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3324. walkofages.kintera.org.
BEIT T’SHUVAH RUNWAY SHOW
It’s time to eat and get dressed for a good cause! Beit T’Shuvah, and specifically the Sisterhood, is hosting an elegant fashion show and boutique lunch. Residents and community members will model the hottest trends so that you can get a sneak peak at both designer and vintage duds. Proceeds go to Beit T’Shuvah programming. Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $35 (general admission), $65 (reserved seating). Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. beittshuvah.org.
MOHAMMED FAIROUZ AND DAVID KRAKAUER
“Symphonic Prayers and Poems” is an opportunity to understand how the power of music transcends cultural and religious conflict. Highly acclaimed composer Mohammed Fairouz interweaves Aramaic, Jewish, Israeli, Arab and Western inspirations to showcase how strong and unique togetherness can be. Klezmer musician David Krakauer performs the West Coast premiere of “Tahrir,” a clarinet concerto written for him by Fairouz. Sun. 7 p.m. $30-$50. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. ucla.edu/calendar.
YIDDISH STAR TOUR
You don’t have to fly to New York to get a sense of Yiddish culture — Los Angeles has its own history of that special “oy” part in all of our hearts. Hop on a bus and travel all around the city to see where the stars of Yiddish culture lived and worked. Celebrate the poets, novelists, journalists and industry leaders who developed the local scene. The tour will culminate with Tali Tadmor’s Yiddish cabaret show “Ella Fitzgeraldberg.” Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. Sun. 1-6 p.m. $75. Bus departs from Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. cjs.ucla.edu. (310) 825-5387.
MON | DEC 9
“AM I MY SISTER’S KEEPER?” STANDING WITH WOMEN, GIRLS AND LGBT PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
Dec. 10 is International Human Rights Day, and American Jewish World Service (AJWS), along with many proud partners, is hosting a forum honoring what those rights mean for everyone, everywhere. A panel discussion moderated by Journal Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim will include AJWS President Ruth Messinger, Guatemalan activist Claudia Virginia Samayoa, Temple Emanuel’s Rabbi Laura Geller and Loyola Marymount political science professor Jodi Finkel. American folk musician Julie Silver will perform. Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 843-9588. ajws.org.
“FLEXIGIDITY: THE SECRET OF JEWISH ADAPTIBILITY AND THE CHALLENGE OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL”
Gidi Grinstein, president and founder of the Reut Institute, will discuss the argument he makes in his new book: that Jews balance a flexibility and rigidity that ensure their eternal societal participation. Sounds wordy and complicated? It’s just your basic lecture on Jewish immortality. Grinstein will explain better than we can. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $20. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air.(310) 476-9777. aju.edu.
TUE | DEC 10
This one’s for all you thrill readers and big imaginers. Whether you were a fan of “World War Z” or “Daredevil,” Brooks (the son of Mel Brooks), Mark Waid and legendary producer Thomas Tull have collaborated on a graphic novel that might get a little dark. “Shadow Walk” follows a U.S. Special-Ops team as they discover the Valley of the Shadow of Death — the one we hear so much about from the Bible — which might be an actual place hosting a dangerous new energy source. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.