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Calendar February 8-14

by Laura Donney

February 5, 2014 | 10:36 am

SAT | FEB 8

YIDDISH ART TRIO

A clarinetist, an accordionist and a bassist walk into a temple — but there is no punch line here, just a great concert. Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell and Benjy Fox-Rosen are three of the top klezmer musicians out there, and they have a new song cycle based on the master poet and songwriter Mordechai Gebirtig. “Two Worlds (Tscey Veltn)” combines traditional and new genres with the literary excellence of Gebirtig, whose experience of Poland before and during World War II makes for moving music. With a performance at the Kennedy Center recently under its belt, the Trio is primed for our humble little town. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $10. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, 3663 Wilshire, Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 835-2198. yiddishkayt.org.


SUN | FEB 9

“THE STRENGTH TO TELL”

The Ma’aleh School of Television, Film, and the Arts presents Noam Demsky’s documentary about art’s power to reform, which follows at-risk Jerusalem teens who, as a part of a therapeutic program, create a play about the Eichmann trial. Demsky chronicles the relationships cultivated between these young people and the Shoah survivors they meet along the way. Named the Best Zionist Film of 2013 by Israel’s Minister of Culture, the documentary honors the power of unity over division. There will be a Q-and-A with Demsky following the screening. Sun. 11 a.m. $10 (general), $5 (student). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.

“CITIES OF LIGHT”

Want to visit Berlin, Warsaw, Paris and Tel Aviv all in one sitting? Want to go back in time to do it? Great. Expanding on the Jewish elements of “Cabaret,” this show follows the witty and talented Katarina Waldorf as she flees Hitler’s Germany to find the cities that still welcome Jews, and perhaps just as importantly, how they express themselves. Featuring wonderful little-known songs, “Cities” takes us on an important journey of an important history. Sun. 4 p.m. $30. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.


TUE | FEB 11

“THE OUTSIDE CHANCE OF MAXIMILIAN GLICK”

Coming of age is rarely easy, but it’s especially tricky when you happen to be a young Jewish boy in Manitoba, Canada, and you happen to fall in love with a Christian girl. With the help of the new rabbi in town, Max tries to reconcile his demanding parents with figuring out who he is and what he wants. Written by Phil Savath and Morley Torgov and directed by Allan A. Goldstein, the film features Saul Rubinek, Jan Rubes and Noam Zylberman. Tue. 1:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

“FLIRT:” A READING AND DISCUSSION

In Noah Blaustein’s first collection of poems, there is something for everyone. Inhabiting different voices for different poems, Blaustein’s written word spans a whole life. From adolescence to fatherhood, from romance to grief, the poet brings craft to the complicated gray areas in which we spend our time — sometimes struggling, sometimes thriving. Sprinkled with wit and anxiety, the collection can be both tender and neurotic — and if you’re not feeling one, you’re likely feeling the other. Tue. 4 p.m. Free. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. (310) 506-4000. pepperdine.edu.


THU | FEB 13

“THE MARRIAGE ACT: THE RISK I TOOK TO KEEP MY BEST FRIEND IN AMERICA, AND WHAT IT TAUGHT US ABOUT LOVE”

With St. Valentine looming overhead, we’re due for a non-traditional version of love. Author and The New York Times contributor Liza Monroy details her walk down the aisle in an effort to save her best friend. Emir had tried every legal recourse, but securing himself a green card just wasn’t happening. Returning to a homophobic Middle East, though, wasn’t an option. Enter Liza, her Jewish mother who works as a State Department immigration officer and wedding bells. Monroy writes with humor and compassion as she shares a story almost too dramatic to believe. The kicker: It’s all true.  Thur. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

“LOVE, MATHEMATICS, AND THE ‘X FILES’ ”

“The X-Files” co-creator Chris Carter is in conversation with Edward Frenkel — one of the 21st century’s leading mathematicians. Working on one of the biggest math ideas in 50 years — the Langlands Program — Frenkel, in his autobiography, reveals a side of math filled with all the metaphysical beauty, elegance and spirit of a work of art. Discover how the things you just thought were numbers might carry a charge of love. Thur. 7:15 p.m. Free. Reservation required. Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7500. lfla.org.


FRI | FEB 14

JEREMY HOTZ

Happy kvetching! This veteran comic is standing up so you can fall out of your chair laughing. He was awarded Best Male Stand-Up 2009, was honored with the Dave Broadfoot Comic Genius Award, won Best International Performer at the Sydney Comedy Festival—and that’s just in the last five years! He’s worked with Jon Stewart, David Letterman and Jay Leno and has had a triumphant run in Canada with his “Oh What a Miserable Tour This Is…” tour. The point is: He’s funny, and he’s nearby. Fri. 8 p.m. $20. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.

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