SAT | FEB 22
PEACE OVER VIOLENCE SUMMIT
Temple Isaiah and First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) are joining forces to remind us all how powerful a bit of peace can be. The program will inclulde prayer, songs and stories. Former gang members, victims of violence and City Attorney Mike Feuer will all speak, and community organizations will offer materials on services they provide, such as mental health counseling, reducing gun violence and transitional housing. Although the issues are serious, the commitment to the causes is a celebration. Refreshments will be served. Sat. 5 p.m. Free. FAME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 730-7750. famechurch.org.
KIBBUTZ CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY
Put on your dance-watching shoes, Israel is in town! Established more than 40 years ago, the KCDC has earned a place as one of the most respected and revered international dance companies. With the artistic direction of Rami Be’er, the ensemble is as technically strong as it is emotionally engaged. “If At All” is a moving piece that figuratively and physically explores diverse and always-evolving interpersonal relationships. Sat. 8 p.m. $15-$20 (students), $35-$50 (general). The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles. (323) 343-6600. luckmanarts.org.
SUN | FEB 23
The cello is arguably one of the most beautiful-sounding instruments, and when Lysy is playing, there’s little to argue. He’s performed with the Royal Philharmonic and the Israel Sinfonietta, and collaborated with Yuri Temirkanov and Sir Yehudi Menuhin. He’s been a professor of cello at UCLA since 2003, after a successful professorship at McGill University, and this afternoon he will perform work by Eric Zeisl, Ernst Bloch and more. Sun. Noon. Free. The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.
MON | FEB 24
ISRAEL’S SECURITY AND THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION
J Street hosts Major General and former head of the Mossad Danny Yatom at a town hall meeting that aims to make peace in Israel a reality. Yatom, who is also a former member of the Knesset, will speak with J Street Vice President Rachel Lerner and the Los Angeles Times’ Nick Goldberg about what pro-Israel Americans can do as Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to offer a framework for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. With town hall meetings taking place all around the country, this is a chance to be part of the big picture. There will also be cookies. RSVP requested. Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 643-0339. jstreet.org.
WED | FEB 26
“JEWISH THOUGHT ON KARMA”
If you believe what goes around comes around, consider coming to this! World-renowned speaker Rabbi Dovid Kaplan gets streetwise about our actions and their consequences (and benefits). In a unique and modern way, he helps clarify Jewish issues. Originally from Chicago, he is currently the senior lecturer at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem, so his visit to Los Angeles is a special treat. There will be a reception preceding the program. Wed. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.
THU | FEB 27
“THE POWER OF MINDSETS”
If children are the future, we’d better equip them with all the tools they need for success, and ETTA is just the organization to do it. Join Harvard Medical School psychologist Robert Brooks as he helps map out the most effective ways to nurture motivation and resilience in young people. Parents, teachers and professionals are all welcome to learn from this expert on school climate, family relationships and positive work environments. The program includes lectures, a Q-and-A session with Brooks and refreshments throughout. Thu. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $100 (general), $75 (per person, for groups of 10). Summit View, 6455 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Valley Glen. (818) 985-3882. etta.org.
This American concert pianist and conductor has a few Grammys on his shelf, an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II and a stint as president of the Jerusalem Music Centre. The principal guest conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields brings his pearly tones, spirited phrasings and vivid articulations to Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $40-$65. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-3000. valleyperformingartscenter.org.
FRI | FEB 28
JEWLICIOUS X FESTIVAL
OK guys, when was the last time you were on a ship? That’s what I thought. Jewlicious makes it easy to be maritime with its weekend-long party aboard the Queen Mary. There is something for everyone, from a slam poetry workshop, to a solar cooker Iron Chef workshop, to yoga and jogging, to dance parties with a performance by Moshav and Matisyahu. Attendees have an option to sleep in first-class staterooms, but can also opt to lodge on land. Do yourself a solid and risk the sea legs. Fri. 12:30 p.m. Through Sunday. Rates vary depending on package purchased. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach. (310) 277-5544. jewliciousx.com