February 28, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 1 - 7
From the 1940s to the 1960s, the famed "Borscht Belt" in the Catskill Mountains was the vacation destination for many middle-class Jews from Brooklyn and the Bronx. This is the social backdrop of Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg's "The American Plan," which examines the double standards prevalent in the 1960s. A wealthy German Jewish mother vacations with her free-spirited daughter and tries to sustain her tight grip when a mysterious man enters the scene. Greenberg called it a "gothic-melodrama-high-comedy-problem play" about fancy, rich German Jews who are completely out of place. 8 p.m. Through March 30. $42-$59. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. For more show times, call (619) 234-5623 or visit http://www.theoldglobe.org.
You don't have to leave Southern California to gamble tonight. Women of Reform Judaism and the Brotherhood of Temple Beth Torah are sponsoring a wild Vegas-style soiree to rival parties on The Strip. Temple Beth Torah Casino Night is a good reason to lose money for a good cause: Anything the house wins through roulette, blackjack and craps goes to support the activities of the synagogue. If you're feeling extra generous, they're soliciting the help of volunteers to run the tables, deal cards, bartend and decorate the venue. The bonus is everybody wins when you buy a ticket. 6:30 p.m. $36. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. (805) 647-4181. http://www.templebethtorah.com.
Hundreds of young Jews are already partaking in Jewlicious Festival 4.0 in Long Beach. The weekend-long event began with a Friday night Shabbat dinner on Feb. 29. However, it's not too late to hop on this party wagon! Here's a quick rundown of some of the performers and speakers who will be appearing: Matisyahu is on to speak (not rap) about spirituality; his wife, Tahlia Miller, will preview her documentary, "Can't Touch This"; musical acts include Moshav, Rav Shmuel, Smooth E, DJ Handler and Chana Rothman. Other speakers include David Abitbol, founder of Jewlicious.com, Josh Neuman, publisher and co-founder of Heeb magazine, and Adam Mansbach, author of "The End of the Jews" and many more. Runs through Sun., March 2. Full access tickets sold out; non-camping and concert tickets available $25 and up. Barbara and Ray Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601, ext. 1424. http://www.jewliciousfestival.com.
Rock out with Persian Jewish Singles, dancing the night away with vivacious disc jockey Ariel Rashti serving up the hottest club hits. Take advantage of the decadent wine and martini bar and nibble on kosher hors d'oeuvres while mingling with Jewish professionals ages 20 to 40. Who knows what new face might grab your attention or what familiar face will suddenly hold romantic appeal! 8 p.m.- 1 a.m. Free. Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine. (949) 435-3484. http://www.jewishorangecounty.org.
SUN | MARCH 2
In the spirit of forgiveness, two Museum of Tolerance employees will engage in a monthly dialogue titled "From Hate to Hope." More than 20 years ago, these two men, who are now co-workers, found themselves on the opposite sides of an unfortunate hate crime. Former teen runaway and current museum manager Matthew Boger and former neo-Nazi Tim Zaal will share their stories and talk about the turbulent past that led them to Los Angeles' haven for tolerance and understanding. 3 p.m. (first Sunday of every month). $10 (children), $11 (seniors), $13 (adults). Museum of Tolerance, Hertz Theater, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-9036. http://museumoftolerance.com.
Why let the holidays melt away when you can bring them back to life with joyous songs in "Around the Year in Song and Story: A Musical Tour of the Jewish Calendar." Join Benny Friedman in concert, sponsored by the Chabad of Conejo, as he revives the musical wonder of holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Passover. Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski will narrate the classical tunes while recounting sacred holiday stories and insights. 7-10 p.m. $18-$25 (general), $180 (concert sponsor, includes recognition in concert program and VIP seating). JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 991-0991. http://www.chabadofconejo.com.
Feeling lucky? Try your hand in poker with friends and fellow temple-goers at Temple B'nai Hayim's Poker Tournament Night, co-sponsored by Creative Arts Temple. If Lady Luck is on your arm tonight, you might just go home with more than you came in with. If not, you can still enjoy the food, prizes and live music. 3-6 p.m. $36 (non-tournament poker), $100 (poker buy-in). Temple B'nai Hayim, 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 788-4664. http://www.bnaihayim.org.
In his film "House of the Generals," Dan Spigel traces the plight of one family and their struggle to survive against a historical backdrop that claimed the lives of 10 million Jewish Ukrainians. Through revolution, love and war, Spigel's film bridges the dictatorships of Stalin and Hitler from the Russian Revolution to World War II and the Holocaust, illuminating the tremendous loss of life that permeated the first half of the 20th century. Following the screening, audience members are invited to stay for a special Q-and-A with the filmmaker. 7 p.m. $5. The Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. http://www.circlesocal.org.
MON | MARCH 3
In the world of contemporary childhood, there are myriad platforms competing for a child's attention -- television, the Internet, video games and iPods. With so many forms of entertainment to contend with, it's no wonder parents feel challenged when it comes to instilling Jewish pride in their kids. How do you inspire 12-year-olds to turn off the Disney Channel and study for their b'nai mitzvah? Teacher, speaker and author Doron Kornbluth, who gained street cred with his book "Why Marry Jewish? Surprising Reasons for Jews to Marry Jews," may have some helpful tips when it comes to rearing Jewish children. Parents and grandparents are invited to a humorous and informative talk on "Raising Kids to Stay Jewish and Love It!" Kornbluth will regale his audience with stories and discussions, offering practical advice on how inspired adults can in turn inspire their children. 8 p.m. $12-$15. Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. (818) 991-0991. http://www.jewishacademy.com.
TUE | MARCH 4
Redheaded Andrea Sabesin never quite fit in. Growing up, she was the only Jewish student at an Episcopal school, the only non-Orthodox student at a Hebrew day school and one of the only white students at a mostly black school. Exploring this theme of identity, the actress/writer is back in "Girl, Your Hair's On Fire! Season 2," a follow-up to her previous well-received one-woman show. Sharing personal anecdotes and insights, Sabesin uses wit and physical comedy (sans the clichï¿½(c)d kvetchy tone) to cover topics such as her Southern Jewish family, being single, and her many stints as a wedding singer. 8 p.m. Through March 11. $15. Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 822-1146.