March 27, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for March 29-April 4
Don't miss an opportunity to match the face with the voice when syndicated radio host Dennis Prager appears as guest speaker at a gala dinner, "An Era for Change -- Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness." Participate in a silent auction with a chance to win tempting vacation packages, such as a stay at an ocean villa at Oahu's Turtle Bay valued at $12,000. You won't be the only one winning -- the money raised will go to Elizabeth House, the only shelter in the San Gabriel Valley for homeless pregnant women and their children. Sat. 6 p.m. $150. The University Club of Pasadena, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. For tickets, call (626) 577-4434. http://www.elizabethhouse.net.
SUN | MARCH 30
(ISRAEL @ 60)
Moshav Band live in Israel
Israel-loving, culturally enriched Shalhevet High School students have planned an action-packed "Israel at 60 Festival" headlined by the rockin' musical romp of the Moshav Band. More than just a raucous celebration of all things Israel, an anonymous donor has promised to match all funds raised today and donate the proceeds to the families of Sderot. StandWithUs, Bnei David, Beth Jacob, NCSY and Bnei Akiva are all showing their Israel solidarity today, and you can too. Be a mensch and spend your Sunday celebrating Israel by helping the Jewish state. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 930-9333.
Israeli storyteller Noa Baum has crafted a tender and complex performance exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspectives of four women at different periods in history and their lives. What she reveals in weaving these disparate stories together is that the complicated, polarizing idea of a "A Land Twice Promised" isn't a story about sides but about people. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $18. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. http://www.ajula.edu/.
With many laundry loads and washed dishes under her belt, stay-at-home mom Amy Simon started scribbling down thoughts of frustration on small pieces of paper. Now a writer, producer and performer, Simon's observations have evolved into a hilarious comedy that mothers and anyone with a sense of humor can appreciate. Share the joys and challenges, fears and chaos, noisy toys and the warm cupcakes that she bakes on stage and serves to the audience. Simon jokes about anything from cracked nipples and PMS (Perfect Mother Syndrome) to Barbie and Cinderella. Bring diapers and wipes to donate during the "Moms Who Write" comic essay writing contest and special performance of "Cheerios in My Underwear," which will benefit The Motherhood Foundation and Beyond Shelter. The act will feature essay readings from celebrity moms Brett Paesel, Erika Schickel, Stephanie Blum and Cathy Ladman. Sun. 3:30 p.m. $20. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 308-0947. http://www.cheeriosinmyunderwear.com.
Iranian emigrant Reza Asla is a religion scholar, a regular commentator for National Public Radio's "Marketplace" and Middle East analyst for CBS News. KTLK-AM weekend host Bree Walker will moderate a talk with Aslan, whose first book, "No God but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam," traces the history of Islam from the prophet's life and so-called golden age of the first four caliphs through European colonization and independence. 7:30- 9:30 p.m. $35 (includes book) Private home, 939 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica. Reservations required. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
(FILM + DINNER)
The documentary that continues to gain momentum after hit runs in Florida, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Encino, "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story," is coming to Beverly Hills. Enter the enchanted world of Yiddish theater in a documentary film about a woman's struggle to keep the oldest Yiddish theater in America thriving. The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, which supports Israeli arts and cultural institutions, will present a special screening followed by an intimate dinner gathering, where director Dan Katzir and producer Ravit Markus will be in attendance. The film also begins an engagement at Lammle's Music Hall, including post-screening discussions with the filmmakers. Sun. 4 p.m. $75. Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 475-5397. Screenings are Saturday and Sunday, noon and 5:30 p.m. $7-$10. Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869. http://www.laemmle.com/viewmovie.php, http://www.yiddishtheater.net/.
Yiddish novelist, dramatist and essayist Sholem Asch will be re-discovered and revived during a lively lecture, "The Underworld Dramas of Our Great Writer Sholem Asch," taught by drama teacher Sabell Bender. Emerging from the European shtetl, Asch tirelessly searched for new horizons, starting his career as a poet and liberating Yiddish literature from the small confines of his village; he is often credited with linking the Yiddish world with mainstream European and American culture. Bender will discuss what made Asch both controversial and deeply insightful. Curious intellectuals are challenged to follow along with readings in English and Yiddish. Sun. 2 p.m. Free (members), $4 (general). Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club, Institute of Jewish Education, 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (310) 275-8455.
In preparation for Passover, Jewish women will gather for a special Passover Seder and Fundraiser conducted by Rabbi Toba August, with musical accompaniment by cantorial soloist Cindy Paley. Using Lev Eisha's unique haggadah, this spirited celebration seeks to connect women with Judaism and embrace the holiday's traditions. Enjoy kosher vegetarian cuisine and purchase haggadot and new Passover cookbooks before the holiday. Sun. 12:30-3:30 p.m. $36-$40. Reservations required. For tickets, call (310) 394-4835. Adat Shalom synagogue, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles.
TUE | APRIL 1
With growing heat and friction erupting in Israel, it's soothing and even therapeutic to encounter the beauty and art that can emerge from the turmoil. In the exhibition "A Light in the Dark," Israeli artist Rhea Carmi uses oils, sand, water, treated paper, canvas and wood, and layers, smoothes and sculpts to create an intimate landscape that demands a tactile and visual response. In the spirit of Israel @ 60, get acquainted with this talented, on-the-rise artist, whose works were recently acquired by the Museum of Tolerance and exhibited at the Riverside and Torrance art museums. Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. For gallery hours, call (310) 828-0211. http://rheacarmi.com/.
For more than 90 years, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles have worked to enrich the lives of thousands of children with quality mentoring services. The organization invites current mentors as well as those interested in joining the program to a relaxed Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters Social Mixer. Mingle with mentors and newbies during happy hour (21 and older) and learn how your contribution can change a child's life. 7 p.m. Free. Pink Taco, Century City Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8675, ext. 231.