Jewish Journal

Calendar February 15-21

by Laura Donney

Posted on Feb. 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm

SAT | FEB 15


If you’ve ever been interested in an indie-musical inspired by a character in a Johnny Cash song, you can rejoice! Writer and musician Ross Golan uniquely tells the story of a man wrongly accused of the crime committed in “Folsom Prison Blues.” It’s an acoustical folk tale with sounds that echo both Tom Waits and R. Kelly. The story will stay with you just as much as the songs will get stuck in your head. Directed and choreographed by Lee Martino. Sat. 8 p.m. $34. Through March 16. Skylight Theatre, 1816 ½ North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 761-7061. skylighttheatrecompany.com.


Maybe Shakespeare didn’t know what he was talking about when he asked, “What’s in a name?” With these guys on the marquee, names sort of take the cake. As half of the incomparable Simon and Garfunkel, Simon has spent a lifetime penning poetry and crafting musical inspirations. Sting headed The Police before becoming a solo sensation.  Between the two of them, they have 28 Grammys. Whether you’re in it for the funk, soul or folk, you’re in it for the right reasons. Sat. 8 p.m. $108-$287. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. simonandstingtour.com.


If you were a respected and talented comedian, singer, author, actor and monologist, you’d have a land named after you, too! From Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” to a recurring role on legendary sitcom “Roseanne,” to off-Broadway successes, Bernhard understands entertaining. She will sing, muse about her teenage daughter and probably be flawless. Sat. 8 p.m. $25-$60 (general), $15 (UCLA students). Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. cap.ucla.edu/calendar.


It’s a special send-off for this week’s Shabbat. Musicians Yehuda Solomon and Duvid Swirsky of Moshav, Sally Dworsky, Cathy Heller and Charlie Hickey join Rabbi Susan Goldberg to say “see you next time!” to our sweet Sabbath. After the service, there will be food, drinks and Paul Ratner’s short film “Moses on the Mesa.” Sat. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, 3663 Wilshire, Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 835-2198. wbtla.org.

SUN | FEB 16


With a historical space enriching music, and music enriching a historical space, these Players bring a new meaning to “surround sound.” Ida Levin, Peter Stumpf, Brian Dembow, Peter Myers and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu bring their string instruments to a contemporary temple that architecturally echoes Old Jerusalem. The program honors the compositions of three Jewish émigré composers: Erich Korngold, Ernst Toch and Louis Gruenberg. Sun. 3 p.m. $45. Wilshire Boulebard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8932. wbtla.org.


Four young cantors offer a concert that will bridge diversity to create a unique, blended sound. Cantors Sam Cohen, Marcus Feldman, Rachel Goldman and Shira Fox have backgrounds ranging from ultra-Orthodox to Reform, and it’s these distinct upbringings that remind us you can be any kind of Jew and still love music and friendship. Collaborative arrangements will be performed, in addition to pieces showcasing the cantors’ individual strengths. Sun. 7 p.m. $50 (general), $100 (underwriter/reserved seating), $36 (student). Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. kehillatmaarav.com

TUE | FEB 18


The filmmaker and critic presents his new book celebrating the whimsy and honesty of Wes Anderson. As TV critic of New York Magazine, contributor to The New York Times, editor-in-chief of rogerebert.com and a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Seitz has developed one of the most pronounced voices in artistic analysis. “The Wes Anderson Collection” weaves together interviews, images and the life of the man responsible for cult classics such as “Rushmore,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and more. Dress up as one of your favorite Anderson characters for the chance to win a Book Soup gift card! Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

THU | FEB 20


Violence has been decreasing rapidly in recent decades, and slowly and consistently for the last couple hundred years. Professor Marc Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, will explore the why and how of this good news, look at interfaith relations, women’s rights, and both the contributions and challenges presented by international development. Thur. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 677-4724. csun.edu


In the early 20th century, thousands of Eastern European Jewish women uprooted their lives for the promise of something better in Argentina. What they found instead was an unfair fate of sex-trafficking and poverty. But one woman’s fate was to fight. Director Gabriela Bohm’s documentary follows Raquel as she defies degradation and reveals the still-criminal circumstances too many women live in today. Bohm will be present for a Q-and-A following the screening. Thur. 8 p.m. $8 (general), free (members), $5 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org

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